Dear Ranney School Community,
I wish to share our community's heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for Coach Tom Moriau, who will be leaving the school's faculty and administration after 29 years. More than just a faculty lifer, Tom has come to represent the core of our athletic and alumni community, and his familiar and omnipresent face will be sorely missed by the entire community.
For more than two decades as Athletic Director, Coach Moriau worked tirelessly to develop and bolster the athletic and physical education programs at Ranney. One of the most dedicated administrators, he could be found on campus every day from the early hours to the late evenings, cheering on teams, fostering sportsmanship, and championing relationships with families that have continued well beyond the families' Ranney careers.
As Athletic Director, Tom helped to cultivate the scholar-athlete mentality, inspiring the student-life balance that stands at the crux of our school's mission today. Providing players and teams with everything they needed to be competitive, he received the 2005 Prep Conference Coach of the Year Award, and in 2011, led Ranney to enter the Shore Conference, which served as game changer for the school's athletic program. Also serving as Head Coach of the Varsity Girls' Basketball Team since 2001, Coach Moriau celebrated his 400th career win in 2013 and was inducted into Ranney's Panther Athletic Hall of Fame that same year. In 2015, his last year as Athletic Director, he earned recognition from the New Jersey Athletic Directors Association and was named the Shore Conference B-Central Division Coach of the Year.
For the past three years, Tom has led Ranney's Alumni Relations Office, working with six decades of graduates to build the program and reconnect with alumni. During this tenure, he has created the Alumni Leadership Council, expanded the Hall of Fame, grown networking opportunities through new reunion formats and social media platforms, increased alumni participation in The Ranney Fund, and cultivated new connections through some of the largest on-campus Career Day and Young Alumni events.
Ranney has been very fortunate to benefit from Tom's leadership and historical knowledge as the school has built its alumni program. Ranney's commitment to fostering relationships with alumni, connecting our current students to past graduates, and cultivating philanthropic support of Ranney alumni will continue under the leadership of Ross Gale, Class of 2017, Chair of the Alumni Leadership Council, in collaboration with other members of the Alumni Leadership Council, the Advancement Team, and myself.
Ross recently noted, "When I think of the most passionate, proud members of the Ranney faculty and administration, Tom Moriau is one of the first names to come to mind. Tom has dedicated nearly all of his professional life, and much of his personal life, to the advancement of Ranney, its students, faculty and staff, and its alumni community. Tom will always be an integral part of all of our Ranney lives, and we thank him immensely for his dedication to the Ranney community. Together, we will work to continue to develop the alumni program that Tom worked so diligently to start."
Tom is beloved not only by his players and fellow coaches, but also by generations of Ranney School alumni, faculty, and families. His presence on campus will be greatly missed and we wish him and his family all the best. Coach Moriau will always have a home at 235 Hope Road - once a Panther, always a Panther.