LDWF ALAS Coordinator Chad Moore accepts the IHEA Hunter Education Coordinator of the Year award from LDWF Assistant Secretary for Wildlife Randy Myers.
Chad Moore, who coordinates the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Louisiana Archery in Schools (ALAS) program, has been named hunter education coordinator for the year 2021 of the International Hunter Education Association of the United States.
Moore, LDWF’s northern regional director for the hunter education program, as well as ALAS coordinator, was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting Thursday, July 7, in Baton Rouge.
The award recognizes outstanding service to the recipient’s agency over the past year as well as support for the IHEA-USA mission. Moore began his career at LDWF in Hunter Education 15 years ago and has been the ALAS Coordinator for 4.5 years.
It was during the COVID-19 pandemic that Moore kept the ALAS program going despite the many challenges posed by the restrictions. Under his leadership and with creative planning, long hours and hard work, LDWF was able to run 48 ALAS tournaments in three months instead of the normal four within the time frame.
“Chad is an exemplary employee and ALAS has been successful and has continued to grow under his leadership,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary for Wildlife Randy Myers. “He deserves recognition for these accomplishments alone, however, he receives this award for his efforts to ensure ALAS success in 2021. When Covid-19 restrictions threatened to cause the cancellation of our ALAS tournaments regional and national last year, rather than taking the easy route, Chad rose to the challenge.”
These smaller, local tournaments adhered to pandemic restrictions while allowing 1,124 archers to compete at the regional level and 1,540 at the state level from 48 different schools. Moore, himself, was diagnosed with the COVID virus in November 2020, but was still able to administer the ALAS program from home during mandatory quarantine and on LDWF leave.
ALAS is part of the National Archery in Schools Program, which introduces students in grades 4-12 to international target archery. The program is designed to be taught as part of the school’s curriculum, such as the school’s physical education program. Many schools involved in ALAS also develop after-school programs and archery clubs.
For more information about ALAS, go to https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/alas.