Alumni spotlight: Q&A with Vic Moore '01, CEO of Jets Aquatic Club
Share a little about your story- what experiences or opportunities led you to your current role?
As a student at Wesleyan, I was involved in all kinds of activities – I lettered in swimming, football, soccer, cross country, and track and field, and I even lettered for being the statistician for the basketball team. I was also involved in men’s chorus ensemble and various theater productions, and I learned the value of multi-activity training compared to single-activity specialization.
After graduating from Wesleyan, I earned a spot on a college team where I competed and placed at NJCAA Nationals and was co-captain of a national runner-up team my second year, while also working as an assistant for the local youth swim team.
I returned to Atlanta for graduate school and served as a community coach for Wesleyan football, swimming, and track and field.
Since the fall of 2018, I have served as the CEO of the Jets Aquatic Club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit specializing in providing swim programming to northeast Arkansas. I manage and direct day-to-day business operations, create and monitor monthly and annual budgets, oversee all Jets employees, fundraise, engage with the local business community, recruit and retain participants, and have a lot of lunch meetings. Additionally, I serve as head coach, so I train 25-30 elite athletes ranging from 10 to 40 years of age and work directly with assistant coaches to ensure development of future talent.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
I have had the unique blessing to do for my athletes what Wesleyan coaches did for me as a student. I have so many kids who are doing good things in adulthood after I coached them, and that is incredibly rewarding and validating.
What Wesleyan teacher had a profound impact on you?
During my time at Wesleyan, there were many employees who were impactful, and some of the best teaching came from people other than teachers. Mr. Willie Omotoso on the facilities team was an incredible man who provided positivity, and he is a great listener. One of the most impactful teachers while I was at Wesleyan was Mr. Brian Kennerly, former high school principal and assistant head of school for external affairs. Without Mr. Kennerly, I would not have made it out of Wesleyan. He was a constant believer in my potential.
What is your favorite swimming memory from Wesleyan?
Swimming in the 400-yard freestyle relay at the state meet my senior year is my favorite swimming memory. Before the race, I had made my peace with being done with competitive interscholastic sports and was ready to go all-in; however, after that race, I celebrated with teammates and then went upstairs and told my mom that I was not done with swimming and that I wanted to swim in college. She helped me find a school, I called the coach, who then invited me to a recruiting trip, and the course was set.
One of the most special things in my coaching career was working with a talented group of Wesleyan swimmers who took turns knocking my name off the record board. They steadily ended my legacy and made sure to tell me every time one of my records went down. Records are made to be broken, and it was so special to share in their excitement as they rewrote the record books and removed my friends and me from the record boards.