Contributor, Yakima Valley
Mel graduated from Kiona-Benton High School and attended Wenatchee Valley College for two years (1962-64) where he played football for legendary coach Tom Parry and basketball for Frank Mataya. After college, Mel moved to Yakima, where he volunteered over 30 years with the youth baseball program. He has also coached AAU basketball and has been involved with numerous other sporting and community events in the Yakima area.
The 2013 WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 1A, 2A State Baseball Championships marks the 21st consecutive year Mel will be the Tournament Manager. Due to his excellence as Tournament Manager, Mel has effectively managed the State Tournament at Yakima County Stadium, which is the longest tenured baseball championship site. However, Mel's love for high school athletics stretches beyond the diamond. After managing the State Baseball Tournament since 1993, Mel was asked six years later by State Basketball Tournament Manager, Gene Rostvold if he would be the Assistant Tournament Manager. The two capped off their 15th year with the completion of the 2013 State Basketball Tournament. Mel has also assisted with the 1B, 2B, 1A State Volleyball Tournament since 1998 and has also helped out with State Dance/Drill.
Mel received the Curt and Chee Chee Bruskland Service Award (2010), an award that is presented to individuals who exemplify service to the WIAA, either to the State Association or to WIAA member schools.
Mel has enjoyed meeting numerous coaches, administrators, parents, and fans through the years and has enjoyed watching young people rise to the occasion in their quest for success.
“Mel Moore is the gem that you find every once in a while in a community who just makes things work out of a deep sense of community pride and a love for our youth,” said Mike Colbrese. “We are all better off because of our connections to Mel.”
Mel lives with his wife, Vicki; they have lived in Yakima for 42 years. They have three children – Dale, Brenda, and Daryl – and four grandchildren – Caleb, Ally, Benton and Clara.