Patrice Wallace-Moore, who had been the Mount Vernon girls basketball coach since the 2003-2004 season, has resigned.
“I’ve been planning on it for a while anyway,” Wallace-Moore said. “One of the main reasons was because I got a promotion in my job, I became corporate VP of my company (Liberty Management). I’m not able to take both of those responsibilities and give them my full attention.”
Wallace-Moore sent a letter of resignation to Mount Vernon athletic director Bob Cimmino last week and informed her team Friday after the Knights lost to New Rochelle in the Section 1 Class AA tournament.
At 9-10, the Knights posted their first losing record during Wallace-Moore’s tenure.
“It was an odd season, we were really young,” West Virginia-bound forward Lubirdia Gordon said. “I was injured, but (Wallace-Moore) was never the type to say that we would lose. She always said to work hard and that we would go places.”
Wallace-Moore won the 1981 Class A state title as a player for Mount Vernon before continuing her career at Fairfield University. She guided the Knights to the Class AA state final in 2010.
“(Wallace-Moore) has had great players, and I’m happy for her,” said 2010 Mount Vernon graduate Taylor Palmer, who now plays at West Virginia. “Now she can relax a little more with no stress, without the basketball and the stuff that goes into it.”
Now, she’ll also have the chance to keep a closer eye on the basketball exploits of someone else who is near and dear to her.
“My youngest son is a phenomenal wheelchair basketball player but I missed most of his games due to my investment in (the team),” Wallace-Moore said. “He’s going to the University of Missouri to play wheelchair basketball. Maybe I missed his high school games, but my plan is to fly and watch him play (in college).”