Visitation for Moore will be at Hope City Church, 1258 Jaguar Rd, Joplin, Mo 64804. at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. later that day.
“Darin was more than a trainer to our student-athletes,” said Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman. “To all, he was a friend, to some he was a father-figure, to others he was that go-to guy. He will be missed, but his legacy will live on with the many future athletic trainers he mentored and student-athletes he helped bring back from injury.”
Moore came to MSSU in 2001 as an assistant trainer and in January of 2003 was named the head athletic trainer for the University. He served in that capacity until early 2016 when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and took a leave of absence.
Moore received a master’s of education-physical education degree in 1998 from Delta State University, where he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer, and a bachelor of science degree in physical education/human movement studies from Kent State University in 1996. A native of Lewistown, Ill., Moore also earned an associate of arts degree from Coffeyville Community College.
In August, the athletics department at Missouri Southern announced a scholarship endowment in Moore’s name, as well as naming the exam room in the Freeman Athletic Training Center after Moore.
The endowment will help fund a scholarship that will be used to support future student athletic trainers wanting to grow in the profession. It was created with support from many current and past employees, friends and student-athletes at MSSU.
The Darin Moore Examination Room will honor his legacy at MSSU and how he helped thousands of student-athletes in their recovery from injuries.
“Darin Moore was a great man, a great friend and a great Lion,” said Dr. Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern, recalling that Moore was the first person to welcome him to campus when he came to Missouri Southern. “His passing will leave a void that can never be filled, but his positive impact will leave an indelible mark that will never be matched.”
Report courtesy of Missouri Southern State University.