Hampton, Virginia – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association® mourns the loss of its first full-time Commissioner, Clinton R. “Bob” Moorman, Jr. The 2014 CIAA Hall of Fame honoree passed away Sunday at his home in Hampton, Virginia.
Commissioner Moorman served from 1976-1989. He led the conference following the MEAC and CIAA split. Under his watchful eye, both the football and basketball programs grew expeditiously. It was Moorman's idea to bring all schools to the conference basketball tournament, precipitating it growth into one of the largest events in the country.
During his tenure, Moorman served on the NCAA Council, the Division II Basketball and Football Committees, the NCAA Television Committee, the executive board of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and he chaired the NCAA Professional Liaison Committee.
Moorman made his first introduction into the CIAA as a student-athlete at Hampton University (then Hampton Institute) in the 1940s. He also attended the University of Maryland while serving in the Armed Forces as a paratrooper. After 20 years in the military, he retired to become the head football coach at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. During this same time, he worked with the scouting staff of the San Diego Chargers for six years.
"His legacy in leading the CIAA and his passion for student-athletes will always be remembered," said Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams.
The burial service will be private, but a public memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 13 at the Hampton University Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Virginia 23666.