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Kevin Moore's Second Tour as a Husky: Student-Athlete & Air Force Veteran

There are a lot of descriptive titles you can give Kevin Moore: Air Force veteran, successful Business major, husband, dad, volunteer, taker of the world's best green screen photo, wrestler, mixed martial arts competitor … But at the end of the day, the title he is wearing most proudly is student-athlete. 
 
Like many University of Southern Maine student-athletes, Kevin is clearly a master of time management – a skill that is not only highly-sought after by future employers, but one that is required when earning the privilege of the title student-athlete. 
 
And for Kevin, it is his second go-around as a USM student-athlete.  And, it has given him an outstanding perspective. 

Like many Huskies, Kevin came to USM right out of high school in the fall of 2013.  But even that was in question as Kevin says after a disappointing showing at the State Championships his senior year of high school, he was a bit put off by the sport. 
 
But regardless, former USM wrestling head coach Joe Pistone told him to give it a shot.
"Coach Pistone could convince you to do anything."

And he did. However, it hasn't always been an easy road for Kevin, who is in is final season as a Husky student-athlete nearly seven years after his first year in Gorham.
 
"My first go round at USM, I did a year and a half. I was an Athletic Training major, and I thought I was hot; I thought I was 'the thing.'  I thought I was everything and a bag of chips when it came to being on-campus and being a wrestler.  But my priorities were out of whack," said Moore.
 
Struggling to find success on the mat, and balance his academic responsibilities, Kevin struggled to thrive in his first three semesters as a Husky.  READ MORE