Physics professor Patrick Moyer constantly tells his students to follow their passion.After 17 years of explaining how the universe works in a UNC Charlotte classroom, Moyer has decided to take his own advice.Moyer, 49, has two more summer school classes left, but he’s already taking on a new challenge, becoming the athletic director at Cannon School on July 1.“I’ve always loved my job and never had to get up and say to myself ‘I don’t want to go to work,’” Moyer said. “I hadn’t lost my passion for teaching, but this opportunity came at the perfect time. Sometimes the roller coaster in life is over and you get off one ride and get on another.”Moyer is no stranger to Cannon. His daughter, Kenzie, is a 2012 graduate and a former all-state softball player, while his wife, Carla, is a Cannon middle-school dean and math teacher.Moyer helped launch the Cougars’ softball program. After building the middle school program in 2006 and 2007, he led the Cougar varsity team from 2008 to 2012. Moyer helped guide Cannon to a state championship in 2011, when his daughter starred as a pitcher for the team.Moyer said that connection to the school was a big factor in his decision.“The Moyers are all in at Cannon School,” he said. “I really have a passion for the education, the athletics and the entire community. I really want to be a part of making it even better.”Moyer, the fourth athletic director at the school in the last five years, hopes to provide long-term stability to the program.He hopes to be at the school for a long time.“Our coaches and the student athletes really deserve some stability in the Cannon program,” Moyer said. “My goal is provide the stability and support so our coaches and athletes can go out and concentrate on doing what they do best.”Cannon’s head of school Matt Gossage says Moyer has been on his radar for some time now.Gossage noted that he asked Moyer to take the job more than a year and a half ago before appointing Moyer to the search committee.After the most recent Cannon athletic director, Garth Adams, decided to go back to Connecticut for family reasons, Gossage went to Moyer again.“When I first asked Patrick to take the job, the timing wasn’t right,” Gossage said. “Then, when I went back to him, I think he really understood what the job was all about. This time it worked out great for both of us.”What Moyer lacks in experience as a first-time athletic director he makes up with an ability to lead in many different arenas. In addition to years of teaching, Moyer has served as UNC Charlotte’s Physics department chairman and as a corporate consultant.“Patrick is a great leader and those skills translate across the board into a lot of jobs,” Gossage said. “He has been successful in everything he has done and I have no doubt he will do the same at Cannon. I’m not sure we could have done better.”Moyer is anxious to help Cannon make an impact.“I want to ensure that there is a great environment of intensity and passion,” Moyer said. “We obviously want to do everything the right way and stay true to what we stand for here. But we also want to compete with the best of the best.”Cannon School competes in one of the state’s top private school conferences, the CISAA, alongside Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin and Providence Day. “We know if we can be successful in our own conference, we can be successful at the state level,” Moyer said. “We know where the bar is and we find out eight times a year in every sport.”While the Cougars have had some success, especially in softball and golf, Moyer wants that kind of success to be the norm.“Our ultimate goal is to be competing for state championships in everything,” Moyer said. “We want to be the best. If that’s not the goal, then they hired the wrong person.”
Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013
Professor takes on athletic director job
Jay Edwards is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Jay? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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