Waterford native Brian Moore is in his fifth year as cheerleading head coach at Central Connecticut State University.
Moore graduated from Marist College in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in English. He is a staff member for the New England Cheerleaders Association since 2004. Moore is also a member of the Massachusetts-based Full House All Stars Level 6 cheerleading team, the Black Jacks. Outside of the cheer realm, Moore is the recording secretary for the John P. Holland Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in New London.
Of late, the CCSU cheerleading team is preparing for the NCA collegiate championship in Daytona, Fla., in April.
In addition, the CCSU cheer team is hosting their annual Devil's Dare competition on Feb. 1 at Kaiser Hall on the CCSU campus in New Britain as a fundraiser for the team's trip to Daytona. For more information visit ccsucheerleading.com or email CCSUCheerleading@yahoo.com.
Say you have a modern-day high school locker. Whose picture would be hanging in it?
CM Punk and Maureen O'Hara in her prime.
What's your favorite sandwich?
Anything with bacon has my vote, but you can never go wrong with a PB&J.
What's your favorite Rolling Stones song?
"Honky Tonk Women"
Sorry to have to tell you this, but a fireball from space is going to wipe out all humanity next week. So, what's your last meal?
All the bacon and cannoli pie I can handle.
Name an item you can't live without:
My industrial-strength hair dryer.
Item you should live without and keep meaning to get rid of:
My industrial-strength hair dryer. That and the red Fred Durst-style Yankees hat I have. Oh, high school.
Who is your favorite comedian?
I was raised on Bill Cosby and Jerry Seinfeld.
Last book you couldn't put down:
"The Last Dark" by Stephen R. Donaldson.
You're a DJ at a club. What's the night's last song?
Ugh, such a tough choice. *NSync's "Bye Bye Bye" – it has 90's nostalgia so people will dig it, while at the same time you're telling people "you ain't got to go home, but you gotta get the hell outta here."
Apart from the ones you've coached, of course, what was the best cheerleading squad you've ever seen perform?
Can't say it was the best squad, but there was a college team at nationals in 2005 that did a routine to all AC/DC songs – it certainly got me fired up.
What language do you wish you could instantly speak?
Japanese would have been handy last summer. Gaelic, Hebrew, and Russian interest me.
What's the oddest song you've heard used in a cheerleading routine?
"O Fortuna" was an interesting choice I've heard. One of these days I'm going to have to work "The Kitchen/The Orgy" by Basil Poledouris into a routine.
What was the last movie you saw in the theater?
Do you have a favorite cheerleader?
That I coach? It'd be wrong to choose. Outside of Central, if I don't choose Sarah Patrylak she might head-butt me or break my nose… again. Might have to say my brother, John, as well – he was a cheerleader at St. Bonaventure's before I began my career.
What's a word you can never spell correctly on the first try:
Separate. I can never remember what comes after the "p" – is it an "e" or an "a"?
You have a time machine and tickets to a concert, play, sporting event, etc. What are you going to see?
WrestleMania III. Macho Man vs. Steamboat is a classic (OH YEAH!) and of course there's Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, but I'd be cheering on Andre.
Which book, television show, movie, or theatrical production most accurately depicts life as a cheerleader?
Haven't seen many and the ones I have are farcical, but I suppose there are still elements of truth in all of them. So, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer?" Cheerleaders are tough.
Which is better: Saturday night or Sunday morning?
Velvet Underground-style: Sunday morning.
As halftime entertainment: Dogs catching Frisbees to the sound of "Jump" by Van Halen, or guys bouncing off of trampolines to slam dunk basketballs to the sound of "Jump" by Van Halen?
Dogs catching Frisbees – think of the slow-motion replays and adorable GIFs.
New York or Los Angeles?
New York all the way, but, in fairness, my time in L.A. has been limited to just a few hours.
The A-frame or Swedish Fall?
Apples or oranges?
Apples … in pie or moonshine form.
Pick a number between 19 and 94. Why that number?
69. Blame it on "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure."
What historical event would you like to have been witness to?
Offhand, I've always been interested in ancient history and I feel like Caesar crossing the Rubicon must have been quite the moment, but I suppose I would need some sort of soundtrack to go with it.
What is your favorite place in Connecticut to recharge or find serenity?
I find the downtown scene in New London to be invigorating. My friend Jess' family has a house on a farm, which can be quite peaceful at nighttime … at least when we're not getting rowdy.
Whom alive today do you most admire?
Without a doubt it would be all six of my older siblings – their stories are varied but they all have what I consider successful and awesome lives. Their spouses and children are pretty impressive too.