York native Don Moomey attended York College from 1956 to 1959. During that time, he earned great distinction for his prowess on the basketball court. His hook shot was renowned. Setting a high standard of accomplishment, Moomey’s scoring records stood for more than 17 years after he hung up his Panther jersey for the last time.
During the 1956 season, he was ranked fifth in the nation among junior colleges in per game scoring average by the National Junior College Athletics Association. He led the Panthers in field goal percentage, rebounds, and blocked shots. After graduation, Moomey continued playing basketball for local teams until 1990.
A York High School graduate, Moomey came to York College in 1956 when it was reopening under the administration of the Churches of Christ. He was recruited by President Dale Larsen and was one of the first athletes to represent the reopened college.
Moomey worked for the college the summer prior to his freshman year readying the campus, which had been vacant for two years. Some of the trees he planted on campus are still standing today.
Part way through his college years, he had to leave his studies and his athletic pursuits for one semester to fulfill a military obligation. When he returned, he met a new YC student, Judie Christesson, and was smitten. They married six months later.
After college, Moomey and Judie moved to Loveland, Colorado, where he applied for and was accepted by the Colorado State Patrol. After serving the state for 27 years, he retired with the rank of Major.
Because of his athletic achievements, his long-time work as a public servant and his Christian spirit, on October 12, 2012, Don Moomey will be inducted into the York College Sports Hall of Fame.
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