Oregon Releases Official Statement Regarding Volleyball Coaching Changes

Leslie Hamann
The University of Oregon officially parted ways with head women's volleyball coach Jim Moore after 12 seasons in statement released Wednesday. The Ducks also announced that Moore's assistant coach and wife, Stacy Metro, will no longer be coaching volleyball but will remain an employee at OU.

The statement reads: 

"Jim Moore is stepping down from his position as head women's volleyball coach effective immediately and will be retiring from the UO as of May 15, 2017. Coach Moore and the UO have come to realize that his coaching style is mismatched with the standards of the University of Oregon athletic department. He has acknowledged that his coaching style may have been viewed negatively by some student-athletes, and, for that, he is sorry.

During the next few months, Moore will work remotely on a transition plan to ensure the success of the program going forward. Associate head coach Matt Ulmer has been named interim head coach. Coach Ulmer is an outstanding coach and mentor for our student-athletes. He has a great connection to our current student-athletes and is well regarded in the volleyball community."

Earlier this week, the Oregon student newspaper, The Daily Emerald, and Oregon Live reported that Moore and Metro were being fired "for cause."

After the initial news of Moore's departure from the program came out, a group of former players wrote a letter to university president Michael Schill defending Moore. Those athletes included Kristen (Forristall) Rott, Liz Brenner, Sonja Newcombe, and Martenne Bettendorf.

"(Moore's) student-athletes learned discipline, accountability, leadership, respect, self-worth, confidence, and courage," the former OU players wrote. "His character, his integrity, his work ethic, nor his intentions toward the University of Oregon have been called into question until now."

The Oregon beach volleyball team, for which Metro served as head coach, had a trip to Australia scheduled later this month, but the athletic department told The Daily Emerald that trip has been canceled.

Moore, the all-time winningest coach in Oregon women's volleyball history, compiled a 186-98 record with the Ducks and guided Oregon to six straight NCAA tournament berths. The Ducks earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament this past season and finished with a 21-10 overall mark after falling to Michigan in the second round.

Players And Teams To Watch In A Loaded Field At JVA West Coast Cup

SMCHS Volleyball

In Long Beach, Calif., over Memorial Day weekend, the best Southern California club volleyball programs, including WAVE, Tstreet, Coast, A4, and Sunshine, will act as the home teams of the Junior Volleyball Association’s West Coast Cup—while elite teams from all over the country journey west for one of the best tournaments of the JVA season.

Jordan Larson's 'Super Spike' Heard Round The World Is Worth Seeing Again

Before the upset loss—albeit thrilling—to Turkey, and before the resounding bounce-back performance vs. Italy, the Americans were struggling to pull away from Poland in the first set of their first Volleyball Nations League match on Tuesday.

Women's VNL Central: All Things Team USA, All In One Place

© Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports
VNL 101: Karch Kiraly & Team USA Talk Volleyball Nations League

Following a landmark partnership between FloSports, the FIVB and IMG, the entirety of the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League season will be delivered live to U.S. audiences on FloVolleyball. 

Despite Loss To Turkey, USA's Week In Lincoln Was A Positive One

Homecoming: Team USA Felt Right At Home In Lincoln

Of the four teams gathered in Lincoln, Nebraska, for the first preliminary round of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League this week, it was No. 12 Turkey, not second-ranked Team USA, that emerged unscathed. 

USA Knocks Off Poland In First Match Of Volleyball Nations League Season

© Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

The United States got the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League started in style on Tuesday night at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., knocking off Poland in four sets in the final match of the day.

What Time Do We Play? Volleyball Nations League Time Conversions Made Easy

© Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Figuring out what time Team USA plays is no sweat if you're just converting, say, Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time. But, with a pair of VNL schedules that include road trips to countries like China, Turkey and Italy, things are about to get a bit more confusing.

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership With The FIVB

© Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Guido Betti Discusses Decision To Partner With FloSports

Today, FloSports, the innovator in live sports and original content, announced a multiyear partnership with the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), in collaboration with IMG, to air a multitude of FIVB events, including the inaugural Volleyball Nations League (VNL) and this year’s World Championships, on FloVolleyball.tv in the U.S. 

VNL Week 1: Storied Rivalry Between USA & Italy Will Add A Chapter

© Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

By Megan Kaplon

The 2018 season for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team officially kicks off on Tuesday, May 15, with the start of the FIVB Volleyball Nations League. 

The 2018 Volleyball Nations League Will Be Streamed Live On FloVolleyball

© Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Guido Betti Discusses Decision To Partner With FloSports

Almost exactly seven months to the day after the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) announced the inception of the Volleyball Nations League, the sport’s governing body has reached a groundbreaking agreement to stream the inaugural VNL season to U.S. audiences live on FloVolleyball.

Jordan Larson Is 'The Governor' In Charge—At Home And Abroad

© Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

By Lincoln Shryack