COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 17, 2018) - Former Colorado State University-Pueblo Wrestling Coach Doug Moses was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Hall of Fame Friday night.
Moses coached in Pueblo for 20 years when the school was known as the University of Southern Colorado. He became the fifth individual from CSU-Pueblo to be inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame, joining Jessie Banks, Dan DeRose, Harry Simmons, and his former student-athlete Chuck Pipher.
DOUG MOSES BIO
(Courtesy of the RMAC)
Adams State College and University of Southern Colorado
ASC (1969-1972); USC (1982-2001)
Wrestler and Wrestling Coach
Moses' career began as a wrestler at Adams State College (known today as Adams State University) under his brother Gene Moses as head coach. In 1972, Moses was named RMAC Champion at 142-pounds and went on to earning a National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship title in the same weight class. His victory helped the Indians (now Grizzlies) to their third title. The '72 team started a run of four national championships titles in a five-year time span.
After college, Moses went on to become an assistant coach at Adams State and helped the 1973 team win the NAIA National Championship title. Moses later spent 20 years (1982-2001) as the head wrestling coach at University of Southern Colorado (known today as CSU-Pueblo). During his time with the Pack, Moses amassed 12 top 10 teams and eight top five teams. He led the ThunderWolves to seven RMAC Championship titles and finished second in the nation twice (1985, 1991). Moses coached well-known RMAC wrestlers such as current CSU-Pueblo Head Coach Dax Charles, former CSU-Pueblo Assistant Coach Chris Currier, and Colorado Mesa's Head Coach Chuck Pipher, to national championship titles and All-American recognition. Charles and Currier were national champions in their respective weight classes and named three-time All-Americans, while Pipher was a three-time national champion and NAIA Hall of Famer.
During the 1980's, Moses organized an All-Start RMAC team to complete in Hungary and Bulgaria on two separate occasions.
In 2001 the ThunderWolves' wrestling program was eliminated due to budget constraints, and Moses made his way to New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in Las Vegas New Mexico. He is currently the head wrestling coach at New Mexico Highlands and has been with the Cowboys since the program was revived in 2005.
Today, Moses has created over 70 All-Americans and over 10 individual national champions within his 35+ years of coaching at the collegiate level.
Moses' accomplishments as a wrestler and coach were quickly recognized in 2007 as the 1972 Adams State Wrestling Team was inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame. Four years later, Moses became the third coach ever to be inducted into the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2011. Following those inductions, Moses was a 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II (DII) Coaches Association inductee and a year later, he was named one of five members of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Wrestling Hall of Fame.
His 1985 and 1991 NAIA National Runner-Up Wrestling Teams have also earned their way into the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame.