Jackie Moog’s Sports Highlights Abound as Athlete and as Coach
Last in a series profiling the 16 new members of the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame. The induction banquet will take place Saturday, April 21, at the Redwood Canyon Event Center. For tickets, call Ted Riche at 510-537-2048.
By Dave Del Grande, CV Forum, 03-14-18
In attempting to identify the highlight in a lifetime of great sports achievements, Jackie Moog couldn’t decide which championship – player or coach – to single out. Or maybe it was the eventual Cal standout she’d inspired in volleyball, the scoring title she’d won in basketball, the scholarship she’d earned to college or the All-Star trip to Europe she’d been selected to take. The varsity letters as a prep freshman, the records she still holds in high school, the rivalries she created and often won. There was so much to choose between … it’s exactly why Moog has been selected to the incoming class of the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame.
“People are always telling me, ‘Jackie, you should be the mayor of Castro Valley.’ And it’s true: I can’t go anywhere without seeing someone I know,” insisted Moog, who was known as Jackie Wilson during her brilliant prep career at Redwood Christian High. “I love Castro Valley,” she continued. “Castro Valley has been really good to our family. This (Hall of Fame distinction) is quite an honor.”
Moog, a 1983 high school graduate, moved to Castro Valley while a fifth-grader in the Redwood Christian program. She’s never left … Castro Valley or Redwood Christian. “When I graduated from college (Biola University near Los Angeles), I remember the coaches (at Redwood Christian) saying, ‘Jackie is graduating; we should get her back,’” said Moog, a longtime P.E. teacher who also has coached Eagles sports, at a variety of levels, in volleyball, basketball and softball. “It (the sports profession) basically chose me,” she continued. “I was on my honeymoon when they called and offered me a job.”
Turns out to have been a great call. The only debate is whether Moog was more successful as a Redwood Christian athlete or coach. A varsity letterman in both basketball and softball as a freshman, the 5-foot-7 Moog’s greatest accomplishments as an athlete were indoors. Her basketball teams at Redwood Christian claimed four straight Christian Schools Athletic League championships, earning her two trips to the Oakland Coliseum Arena. “I wasn’t used to all the open space,” she recalled. “I was used to having the walls of the gym right next to the court.”
Arguably Moog’s career highlight came on the final night of the 1983 regular season, when she and Pacific High’s Karen Jaskot were dueling for the Southern Alameda County scoring title. Like an election where you post your results and wait for the other precincts to report, Moog outscored Jaskot from miles away on the final night, securing the top spot on the charts. Moog admits to being a bit uncomfortable with the honor. “Everyone knows the Jaskot sisters. Karen was a real good player,” Moog recalled. “You have to take into consideration she went to a public school and played a level of competition more difficult than I did. In the grand scheme of things, she probably got gipped. For her to do what she did in a bigger arena was a bigger deal.”
Moog earned 10 varsity letters at Redwood Christian — four each in basketball and softball, and two in volleyball. She remains the school’s all-time leader in basketball in points in a season (605), field goals in a season (272) and points per game in a season (21.6). The Eagles went 77-30 overall and 46-4 in league play in her four seasons.
The enormity of her prep success probably didn’t sink in until the third of her three children, Claire, earned Redwood Christian Female Athlete of the Year last season. During the ceremony, Moog glanced at the plaque of the all-time winners, boys and girls, on the school wall. There was her name, as well as that of her son, Cordon.
After graduating in 1987 from Biola, where she played one season on the basketball team, Moog said she wanted to get a job helping families with abused children. But after an internship in the field, she chose the teacher route at Redwood Christian. “I love elementary P.E.; I absolutely love my job,” she insisted. “I say that all the time. All the teachers around here are tired of hearing me say it. I can’t believe they pay me to play with kids.
“When I look back on my career, I could not have picked better for myself. I used my major (sociology). I work with families with kids. Sports really channeled me into this. My coaches really funneled me into this. I love what I do.”
This year, Moog coaches just one team at Redwood Christian — volleyball. Coincidentally, it’s her link to another Class of 2018 Hall of Fame enshrinee, Alexis Kollias, the former Castro Valley High and Cal star. “She was a girl in my volleyball camp in fourth grade,” Moog recalled. “Little, tiny thing. And she couldn’t serve the ball over the net. I have used her all these years, for anyone who can’t serve over the net. Use the right technique. Listen to your coach. Keep working at it and you can do it.”