Greg Moore’s decision to step down as head of the Bucyrus girls basketball program wasn’t easy, but the coach said he felt it was time to make a move. Moore will still be visible on the sidelines of the local girls basketball scene this winter, only now he’ll be leading the Buckeye Central girls team on the court instead of the Redmen.
“With their past history in basketball and athletics, it intrigued me, so I went through the interview process,” Moore said. “It went really well and I thought it was a great opportunity.”
Moore took over the Redmen’s program in the summer of 2009 after serving as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach for five years. A 1977 Ontario graduate, Moore led Bucyrus to its first league title in the program’s history during the 2011-12 season, and had a difficult time saying goodbye to the players he had returning next season.
“You get a rapport with kids and the girls on that team are great kids,” Moore said. “They are awesome and have done everything we ask and they have every reason to hold their heads high when they walk out of Bucyrus high school. They have built a tradition there, and I am proud of the fact we have won a (league) championship and done a lot of things to help the basketball program grow. I have fond memories, and it was a hard decision to make.”
Bucyrus athletic director Tom Jeffrey said the search is underway for a new head coach, and they hope to have the position filled as soon as possible.
“Some of the administrators and myself are taking over the summer stuff so the girls don’t miss a beat,” Jeffrey said. “We’re going to shoot outs and summer leagues that they were scheduled to be in, and those kinds of things, to be successful.”
Last winter Bucyrus finished with an overall record of 13-11, 8-5 NCC, while Buckeye Central finished 5-19, 4-9 NCC. Both teams lost in the sectional finals.
“It’s tough losing him to a league school, and even harder coaching against him now,” Jeffrey said. “Whenever anybody leaves as an athletic director and community, we don’t want to see them leave, but from his standpoint he made the right decision for himself, and hopefully it works out for him.”
A pair of new head coaching hires were announced this week at Crestline. Lee Hurst will take over the Bulldogs football program, while Bobby Gossom will be the new head girls basketball coach.
Hurst, who played football for Kent State University, will replace coach Kyle Stout, who accepted a position as an assistant football coach with Division I Wadsworth high school earlier this spring. Gossom, a former boys coach at Lucas, will replace Steve Garberich.