A decade after graduating, Moose takes command of Cavaliers golf program

By Beatrice McQuiston
October 17, 2011

Brian Moose never thought he would be back working at Cabrini after graduating in 2001. Ten years later, he is now the new head golf coach for the Cavaliers.

Moose first became involved in the sport by his father and grandfather. “I remember the first nine holes I played with my grandfather,” Moose said. “I thought the golf cart was by far the coolest thing I had ever seen and wasn’t all that interested in the golf.”

Brian Moose

He started to take golf more seriously when he started playing with his father. “I would watch golf on TV every chance I could and really tried to imitate the golf swings that I saw on TV,” Moose said. “I would hit golf balls at a local park in town and have to go and pick them up when I was finished.”

Moose’s father has since watched him play in tournaments and even caddied for him.

“I am really looking forward to have my father come out and see the team and how my golf career has progressed,” Moose said.

Moose has been the first assistant golf professional at Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve in Phoenixville, Pa., since 2008. Among his duties are organizing clubs and match play tournaments, running the club’s junior golf program and teaching golf lessons. Moose was also the assistant caddie master at Rivercrest prior to his current position.

Moose graduated in 2001 with a degree in elementary education. He competed on the Cavaliers golf team in 2000-01 and was named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) All-Conference Team in 2001. The program was in its initial phase when he played for the team.

“I remember walking into Dr. [Tony] Verde’s office and asking him if we had a golf team and that I would like to play,” Moose said. Verde is a professor of exercise science and health promotion as well as the team’s assistant coach.

Moose really enjoyed the competition tremendously but mostly the camaraderie that he developed with his teammates during those two years.

“It is an honor to come back to Cabrini as the head golf coach,” Moose said. “I had been looking for a golf coaching job for the past six months off and on but not too seriously.”

Over the summer Moose applied for a coaching position in the area only to find out a day after he sent his resume in that the job had been given away to another candidate. A few days later, Moose looked online to see if anything else was posted and saw a job posting for Cabrini.

“It seems funny how things work out sometimes,” Moose said.

Moose has many goals going into his first season here at Cabrini. His biggest goal for the golf team is that they become better players and individuals through their experiences while on the golf team. He also really wants to continue the success the team has seen the past few seasons with winning CSAC’s and making nationals.

“I want the team to reach the next level and make the cut at nationals,” Moose said. “Who knows? We will see what we can do from there.”

As far as this season goes, Moose is really looking forward to what the Cabrini golf team can accomplish together. The team looks to have potential with a young team but the experience coming from upper-class players Chris Sarvadi, Rob Bass and Pat Rooney looks promising.

“It is going to be fun to watch these three improve and lead our new guys and once they gain some experience this fall I feel like we will be ready to go for the spring season,” Moose said.

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