Fountain Central football has emerged as one of the state’s most successful small school programs in recent years.
After head coach Rick Malone stepped down, the Mustangs found his replacement nearby.
Fountain Central athletic director Brian Moore was approved to take over as head football coach on Thursday night by the Southeast Fountain School Board of Trustees. He said assistants Brad Smith, a member of the Indiana Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and Dave Bolin, a former Mustangs head coach, will also remain on staff.
“We needed to keep some continuity going,” said Moore, who coached Seeger to the 2004 Class A state championship. “It was a natural fit. It makes an easier transition, without a doubt.”
Moore compiled a 151-33 record and an .821 winning percentage at Seeger. His teams also won five sectional championships, two regional and two semistate championships.
According to the Indiana Football Coaches Association website, Moore’s .821 winning percentage ranks eighth all-time.
Moore played tight end and defensive back on Fountain Central’s 1983 Class A state championship team, which was coached by Malone. The Purdue graduate was an assistant coach at North Putnam under Malone and at Harrison under A.J. Rickard before landing at Seeger.
Moore has served as Fountain Central’s athletic director, and an assistant football coach, since 2009. He said the move would not have been possible without the Fountain Central administration’s willingness to allow him to both coach and serve as athletic director.
“I’m still the AD first and there will be times when I’ll be at practice and somebody on a different team will need something,” Moore said. “That won’t change. I’ll still leave practice to go help whoever first before the football team, and the kids know that.
“That’s the beauty of having such a good coaching staff. I can do that and realize everything won’t stop.”
Meeks places 4th
Rensselaer’s Chelsie Meeks had an impressive showing on a national stage Friday.
The Bomber senior-to-be competed in the New Balance Outdoor National track and field meet in Greensboro, N.C., placing fourth in the discus.
Meeks’ toss of 138 feet, 2 inches placed her with the elite among the 18 competitors. Meeks was the runner-up at the IHSAA state finals this season. Hermitage, Pa., native Lauren Lubarski won the event with a throw of 147-1.
Snyder headed to Case Western
Dayton Snyder will soon become the second West Lafayette product to compete for Case Western Reserve University, as the defensive end has chosen to continue his football career with the Spartans.
Snyder started for three consecutive sectional champions for the Red Devils. As a senior, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound end collected 88 tackles (12.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks and an interception.
Snyder, who said he also considered Wabash and Washington University, will study biomedical engineering.
West Lafayette graduate George Zhang plays basketball for the Spartans, an NCAA Division III program located in Cleveland.