LEXINGTON, Va. -- Kevin Moore, head basketball and golf coach at Washington and Lee University, resigned today to explore other employment opportunities. Jeff Lafave, who served as Moore's assistant last year, will be the interim coach for the 1999 - 2000 basketball season.

"Although the season is just starting, I believe this move is right for my family, the team and me at this time," Moore said. "The team has a strong group of upperclassmen returning and some good freshmen coming in. I wish them all the best."

"Kevin has been a valued member of the athletic department, a loyal colleague, and has provided strong leadership to two athletic programs," said Michael Walsh, director of athletics. "We thank Kevin for his contributions over the past four years and wish him and his family well."

Moore was named W&L's 20th men's basketball coach in 1995. Since then he compiled a record of 21 - 77, and twice led the Generals to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament. As golf coach, Moore guided W&L to ODAC championships in 1997 and 1999 and was named ODAC Coach of the Year both seasons.

Before coming to Washington and Lee, Moore served as head men's basketball coach at Elmira (N.Y.) College, where he compiled a 122 -93 record. His final team at Elmira finished 17 - 9 and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Lafave came to Washington and Lee in 1998 from Williams College, where he served as recruiting coordinator from 1995 to 1998. In three years at Williams, Lafave helped guide the Ephs to two NCAA Division III Final Four appearances and one Sweet 16 showing. He also coached the Williams junior varsity team to a 24 - 10 record during his three seasons.

A 1993 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, Lafave spent five seasons as an assistant coach under his father at Lenox Memorial High School in Massachusetts. The team advanced to the Western Massachusetts tournament three straight seasons.

Walsh said the search for a permanent head men's basketball and golf coach will begin after the first of the year.