VEEDERSBURG — Brian Moore resigned as Lafayette Jeff’s football coach Monday, citing the wear from travel to Lafayette from his Fountain County home.
His drive to work became a whole lot shorter on Thursday when the Southeast Fountain School Corp. unanimously approved Moore as the Fountain Central athletic director, the position he held prior to being hired at Lafayette Jeff. Moore’s contract runs from Jan. 4, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
“I found a spark that I hadn’t seen out of myself in a long time when I went to Jeff,” Moore said. “What I have to do is, I have to bring that same spark that I brought to Jeff football back to Fountain Central athletics.”
Moore replaces longtime friend Brad Smith, who was filling the position on an interim basis after Brad Peterson unexpectedly resigned in October. Peterson was hired as Moore’s successor in May.
Lafayette Jeff named Moore football coach in January. He continued as Fountain Central’s athletic director for the remainder of last school year.
In Moore’s only season as coach, the Bronchos went 8-3 — their first winning season since 2008. But Moore said he also missed a lot that Fountain Central had to offer.
“I got a lot of positive feedback from the team with them thanking me, but at the same time, I bet they are a bit mad at me and I don’t blame them,” Moore said. “We developed a good relationship and I feel bad for those kids and administrators who took a chance on me. That said, this opportunity came right now. If I passed it up, I probably never get it again.”
Moore was the Mustangs’ athletic director from 2009-15 and during that time was an assistant football coach until becoming the program’s head coach in 2012.
“The administrative team is the same as when I left and they are always willing to go out of their way and help,” Moore said. “It’s a team effort and I left the team and went to do something else. But this is a team that works well together and I am excited to get back to it.”
Moore is a Fountain Central graduate and played for the school’s 1983 Class A state championship football team. Moore said he will not be the head football coach at Fountain Central, commending current coach Raymond Jones, who went 8-3 in his first season with the Mustangs. However, Moore said he’ll never be able to give up football completely.
“We have a head football coach at Fountain Central,” Moore said. “If he wants me to help him out, I will because that’s what I do.”