Need for stability, time prompt Andrew Jackson to choose assistant David Moore as interim football coach

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AJ Head Football Coach David Moore

Andrew Jackson High has selected one of its own to serve as interim coach for the next year, a move that Principal Mary Barry says will give the program needed stability as well as time to evaluate options for a search.

“We’ve asked assistant coach David Moore to serve as interim head coach because we see it as the best way to ensure continuity for the players and for the program,” Barry said. “Coach Moore has a wealth of experience, and during the last two searches, he’s expressed a strong interest in leading the program. He’s committed to working hard to give our players a successful season, and he has great ideas for moving the program forward.”

Moore has served as head football coach at three schools in the past – Lower Richland High, Lincoln High and Scott’s Branch High. He’s also served as athletic director and head football coach in two middle school programs and as an assistant coach in a number of other varsity programs and at the college level. Moore says he is excited about helping Andrew Jackson build on its great football tradition. “I know the players here — we have a lot of talented athletes who want a chance to prove themselves on the field,” Moore said. “We also have great support – both from the school administration and from the community – and a talented and experienced group of assistant coaches who know football and know what it takes to win. Andrew Jackson is a great place to coach, and I’m excited about this opportunity.” Moore was assistant varsity football coach at North Central High in Kershaw County before coming to Andrew Jackson in 2008 to become defensive coordinator. He also worked as offensive line and special teams coach at the University of California at Pennsylvania and as offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and offensive backs coach at Kentucky State University. During his career, he has also served as a head coach for basketball and for wrestling. School officials saw the decision to go with Moore as an interim for 2010 as the best option for filling the position. “Coach Moore cares deeply about players and will do everything he can to give them the best chance to excel. He believes in the great potential of these players and our program,” Barry said. “And since we’re having spring practice this week and next, he’s able to step right in and make sure his players get the most from the workouts.” At the end of the 2010 season, school officials will evaluate the team’s progress and make a decision about the search for a permanent coach. “Waiting will also give Coach Moore time to show us how he would perform as head coach and if he is the right person to guide our program permanently,” Barry said. “We see his serving as interim as a win-win for our players and for our program. We are a resilient school, and I know our community will rally behind Coach Moore, his players and his assistants and help make this one of the best seasons in Andrew Jackson history.”

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