Jacksonville University announced the hiring of Gene Moore as the new head cheerleading coach and Spirit Coordinator in November of 2014. Moore brings 29 years of cheerleading experience to Jacksonville including five years at the helm with the University of Florida.
“Gene is an acknowledged expert in his field,” said Horner. “We couldn’t be happier to have Gene and his brand of professionalism and enthusiasm enhance our cheer program.”
Moore was selected Who’s Who Among College Coaches from 1998-2003. While at Florida he headed the program for Gator Nation instructing both the orange and blue teams and mascots, while also handling game day operations, appearances and participating at several high-profile events. He held the Gator position for five years until moving on, but continued as owner and coach of the Florida Elite All-Stars competitive cheerleading gyms located in Jacksonville and Gainesville.
In 1993, Moore was selected to form a team to welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars into the NFL and to the City of Jacksonville.
He has owned the Florida Elite All-Stars Inc.; North Florida’s Largest Cheerleading, Tumbling and Dance Center, spanning fourteen years. Including all business aspects of running one’s own company, Moore also instructed tumbling, stunting and choreography.
Moore began his cheerleading career in 1984 when he was a four-year cheerleader at Livingston University, now known as University of West Alabama. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of West Alabama in 1988. He began coaching with Ed White High School in 1988, leading to Nationals, then again in 1989-1991 at Wolfson High School. For five years, Moore coached at First Coast H.S. before taking over the Special Events Coordinator position with the City of Jacksonville.
A native of Florida, Moore resided in Jacksonville from 1968-1994 where he was a valuable contributor to the City of Jacksonville special events, serving as coordinator, working with over 150 vendors and multiple stages of entertainment for such events as Seafest, Arts and Crafts Festival, Lighted Boat Parade, Feast and Fest, and Trick or Treat on Riverstreet. He also created and coordinated the World of Nations multi-cultural festival.
Gene moved back to Jacksonville in 2005. Currently along with coaching Gene is the President of Crowning Entertainment LLC and Executive Director for the Miss Freedom USA Pageants.