Joe Moore, 71; Coach Won Age-Bias Suit Against Notre Dame

From Staff and Wire Reports

Joe Moore, 71, a football coach who won an age-discrimination suit against the University of Notre Dame, died Thursday at his suburban Pittsburgh home.

The cause of death was lung cancer.

Moore was an offensive line coach at Notre Dame under Lou Holtz from 1988 to 1996, and was part of the staff that coached the team that won the national championship in 1988.

In 1996, he was fired from the university and filed suit against the school.


A jury sided with Moore, who was awarded nearly $86,000 in back pay and $500,000 in legal fees.

Moore had been a successful high school football coach in the Pittsburgh area. He entered the college ranks at the University of Pittsburgh, where he coached from 1977 to 1985.

He coached at Temple University in Philadelphia for two seasons before joining the staff at Notre Dame.