James "Jim" Tiernan

Mr. Tiernan served as Moravian Academy’s Athletic Director from 1996 to 2010. Under his tenure, the athletics program was expanded through partnerships and alliances with Notre Dame (Green Pond) High School and Wilson Area High School. He was also instrumental in Moravian’s entrance into the Colonial League.

He was best known for the great care he took when making his coaching selections. In fact, he hired John Donmoyer, after whom the annual tournament is named.

Mr. Tiernan once said, "People demand competent teaching, and they deserve competent coaching.” That competence was the key to athletic success with Mr. Tiernan at the helm with accomplishments including:
  • Colonial League and District XI individual and team golf championships
  • Colonial League and District XI singles, doubles, and team tennis championships
  • 2002 boys' tennis team State Championship
  • Colonial League and District XI field hockey championships
  • Penn Jersey League cross country championships
  • District XI track and field championships
  • Several 1,000+ point careers in basketball, including 2001 alumnus Matt Stein’s all-time high of 1,393 (a record held until 2014, when broken by Luke Gutekunst ’14 with 1,496)
Additionally, Mr. Tiernan was a key figure in researching sites for what is now the Athletic & Wellness Center. Prior to his position at Moravian, he spent 31 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Pen Argyl.

Merle Smith Campus

Downtown Campus