Submitted by the coaches and players of the F&M Volleyball Team, which won the Centennial Conference this year.
Eight Volleyball Team players made a surprise appearance on Nov. 18 at the Hackman office of Professsor of Chemistry Rick Moog, their academic liaison for the last 28 years. They honored him for his support and service with a framed photograph of the team and the inscription, "Dr. Moog, Our most loyal fan and advisor."
Moog joined the Franklin & Marshall chemistry faculty in fall 1986. At that same time, he became the first and only faculty liason to the Volleyball team, working with the following head coaches:
· Steve Coulson 1985 – 1989
· Mary Mix 1990 – 1991
· Richard See 1992
· Steve Coulson 1993 – 2000
· Nicole Goscillo 2001 – 2002
· Mary Kate Boland 2003 – 2014
According to the coaches and players, Moog regularly attends practices and home games as well as numerous away contests. He is available for members of the team and advises them, as needed, in any academic concerns including their course schedules and faculty relationships.
Moog often helps out in practices and is typically found serving to the players in serve reception exercises. His love of the sport is also on display in his sideline conversations with the coaches and players during practices.
During this championship season, Moog was as perplexed, frustrated, optimistic and thrilled with the ride as the coaches and players, who see him as one of their own. He would report to the coaches playoff match-up possibilities as season-end neared, and he frequently issued texts on conference match-up results.
The professor regularly receives the team at his home for postseason dinners with his family, and they expect to enjoy this traditional gathering again on Saturday, Nov. 22.
The F&M Volleyball Team said they are extraordinarily lucky to have enjoyed their relationship with Moog. They look forward to continuing their association with he and his family.