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Moore will not return as App. St. head coach

Posted December 2, 2012

— Jerry Moore, the winningest coach in Appalachian State University and Southern Conference history, will not return as Appalachian State University football’s head coach, director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced on Sunday.

“Following the end of last season, Coach Moore and I sat down and we came to the decision, with the approval of Dr. (Kenneth E.) Peacock (Appalachian State University chancellor) that the 2012 season would be the last season of his tenure as head coach,” Cobb said. “Coach Moore didn’t want to make that decision public before or during the season because, in his typical humble nature, he wanted all of the focus to be on his student-athletes, winning a 10th Southern Conference championship and returning to the postseason for the eighth-straight year. In a fitting sendoff, all of those goals were accomplished.”

Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State, including 10 So-Con championships, 18 postseason appearances and three consecutive NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles. In 31 years as a head coach, Moore was 242-135-2, 15th all-time among NCAA Division I coaches.

This year alone, Moore passed coaching legends Bo Schembechler (234 victories), Billy Joe (237) and Woody Hayes (238) on the all-time wins list.

“Words cannot express the gratitude that the Appalachian family has and that I have personally for Coach and Margaret (Moore),” Cobb continued. “Coach Moore is legend at Appalachian State and in college football and we are planning to celebrate his legacy appropriately and abundantly in the future.”

While he enjoyed success at nearly every stop of his 51-year coaching career, his 24 seasons at Appalachian State cemented Moore’s standing as one of college football’s all-time great mentors.

He led the Mountaineers to three-consecutive national championships from 2005-07, making Appalachian the first program to ever win three-straight titles at the FCS level and the first Division I institution (FCS or FBS) to accomplish the feat in 61 years. Appalachian became the first institution from the state of North Carolina to ever win an NCAA football championship at any level when it defeated Northern Iowa, 21-16, in the 2005 national-title game, a feat it repeated with wins over Massachusetts (28-17) and Delaware (49-21) in the 2006 and ‘07 NCAA Division I Football Championship finals.

Moore also led the Mountaineers to seven SoCon championships in the last eight years (2005-10, ‘12), making Appalachian State only the second program to achieve that feat since the venerable league began crowning a champion in 1933. Appalachian won 26-straight conference games — the second-longest run of league victories in SoCon history and the longest in 51 years — from 2007-10.

Additionally, Appalachian State became a household name when Moore led his troops to perhaps the biggest and most prominent upset in college football history, a 34-32 triumph over the University of Michigan in the 2007 season opener. The victory over Michigan, college football’s all-time winningest program which came into the contest ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, marked the first time that an FCS team ever toppled a nationally ranked FBS opponent. The victory also compelled the AP to change its long-standing history of only accepting votes for FBS teams in its Top 25 poll, which allowed the Mountaineers to become the first FCS team to ever receive votes in the poll, which they did on three occasions in 2007.

Moore is no stranger to individual awards, as he is a three-time American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year (2005, ‘06, ‘07) and the only Division I (FCS or FBS) mentor in the 77-year history of the award to win it three years in a row. He also won the 2006 Eddie Robinson Award (National Coach of the Year) from The Sports Network, is a six-time AFCA Regional Coach of the Year (1994, ‘95, 2005, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10) and a record eight-time SoCon Coach of the Year (1991, ‘94, ‘95, 2005, ‘06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10). In 2009, he was named the Liberty Mutual FCS Coach of the Year, an award that included $50,000 for Moore’s favorite charities and $20,000 for the Appalachian State Alumni Association scholarship fund.

Under Moore, Appalachian State players earned all-conference recognition 257 times and have received all-America honors on 95 occasions with this year’s all-America teams still to be announced. He also coached the only two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award (FCS National Player of the Year), Armanti Edwards in 2008 and ‘09.

In addition to his nearly quarter-century tenure at Appalachian State, Moore also served as head coach at North Texas (1979-80) and Texas Tech (1981-85) and spent 15 seasons on the staffs of legendary mentors Hayden Fry (1965-72 at SMU), Tom Osborne (1973-78 at Nebraska) and Ken Hatfield (1988 at Arkansas). Moore began his coaching career with four seasons as an assistant coach at Corsicana H.S. in Texas (1961-64).

Prior to embarking on his legendary coaching career, Moore made his mark as one of the nation’s premier players at Baylor from 1958-60. He ranked among the nation’s top 10 in receptions while serving as a team captain for the 11th-ranked Bears as a senior and graduated from Baylor with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics in 1961. A native of Bonham, Texas, Moore was an all-state performer on the gridiron and earned 14 varsity letters in four sports at Bonham H.S. He is a member of the Bonham Athletics Hall of Fame and the town honored one of its most prominent sons when it declared Feb. 18, 2008 to be “Jerry Moore Day” in the hamlet of 9,900 located 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

“During his 24 years of loyal service to Appalachian State University, Coach Moore’s contribution to the institution is far greater than his success on the field,” Peacock said. “He touched the lives of many young people and made life better for them. He will be missed but never forgotten at Appalachian State.”

Assistant head coach Scott Satterfield will serve as Appalachian State’s interim head coach while a nationwide search is conducted for the 20th head coach in program history.

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  • miketwo Dec 31, 11:47 a.m.

    MOORE was FORCED OUT. He asked to coach one more year. The only explanation he got as to why he could not coach was this. "It is time, it is time" I do believe that COBB needs to leave..for the same reason he gave MOORE...It is time....no other explanation is needed....go to www.hcpress.com and read the letters. I am a proud ASU graduate and feel COBB should be dismissed NOW...because "IT IS TIME"!

  • Slo-talker Dec 4, 10:28 p.m.

    Jerry Moore was an outstanding coach who accomplished things no other football coach in this state has come close to. He was an outstanding man whose character was shaped by his love for Jesus Christ. He deserves to be honored. If this was a voluntary retirement, I wonder why HE wasn't at the press conference?

  • AppState86 Dec 3, 8:49 p.m.

    My family and I were at ASU's stadium the day after Christmas in 2007. App had recently won their third straight national championship and our son's had just gotten a new football for Christmas and wanted to throw it around on the field. We were walking out of the stadium in front of the field house when I spotted Coach Moore unloading something from his car. My sons wanted to meet him so we walked up and introduced ourselves and told him how proud my wife and I were to be alumni and congratulations on the third NC.

    Coach Moore spoke with us for 30 minutes about the NC game and made a point to ask my sons if they played football. Both said yes, and he encouraged them to study hard and work hard and they too could be playing football at ASU. He made a lasting impression on both my boys. So much so, my oldest is now a freshman at ASU.

    Coach Moore could have greeted us and scurried away into the field house so he wouldn't be bothered, but he didn't. We are not huge donors and had never met him in person prior to that meeting. He treated us like he had known us forever and gave millions annually to the school.

    Jerry Moore is a great coach but an even greater man. He will be missed on the sidelines in Boone next fall but his legacy will live on forever.

  • lewiskr45 Dec 3, 2:10 p.m.

    It is truly sad to see Coach Moore leave, he has done more for Appalachian State than any other coach has done for any program in this state. That being said, the Mountaineers have not been back to a National Championship game since they won it all in 2007. He created a strong foundation at the school, but now it is time to build upon that. The return of Scott Satterfield this past off season and him being named the first ever Assistant Head Coach under Coach Moore was a pretty clear indication that his days were numbered. And with the jump to FCS coming soon, it is hard to believe that Coach Moore would have been able to sustain the level of success for much longer. It is actually a smart move by the athletic department. I would have loved to see the Mountaineers give Coach Moore one more National Championship, but the dominance on the field has slipped over the past couple of years. Looking forward to the future of Appalachian State football.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 3, 12:16 p.m.

    Well maybe I need to "walk back" my earlier post. According to the story in the... View More

    — Posted by luvbailey

    I just heard the same as well - on Channel 14's Sports Night. If that's the case, it's very disappointing. It's not like at FSU when Bowden's teams were slipping. Moore kept App State playing well, and it's a shame he was forced out.

  • luvbailey Dec 3, 9:50 a.m.

    Well maybe I need to "walk back" my earlier post. According to the story in the Watauga Democrat, Moore, Cobb (the AD) and the pres reached an agreement at the end of last season that this would be Moore's last but he didn't want to annouce it. That doesn't sound like a firing to me, but some people might take it that way. But the controversial part is that after Sat's game Moore told a W-S Journal reporter that he wanted to come back for another year. I'm still waiting to hear from some of my ASU contacts.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 3, 9:27 a.m.

    I don't understand this one at all. There is too much not written in this one. Moore is a... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Iread the same thing and I took it that he sat down with the AD at the end of last year and agre... View More

    — Posted by rherring23

    I hope that's the case, rherring. Moore is such a class act and a humble man. He will be very hard to replace, for sure. I understand that he wanted to keep his retirement on the down-low, but I wonder about recruits who signed with APP State because Moore was the HC. It doesn't seem fair to make them keep their commitment to APP if Moore isn't the HC, but I believe the NCAA views athletic commitments are to the school, not the coach.

  • wjuliang Dec 3, 8:58 a.m.

    Good luck to Coach Moore. He's earned his retirement.

    — Posted by Tarheel born

    +1

  • wjuliang Dec 3, 8:58 a.m.

    Great place for TOB.

  • Tarheel born Dec 3, 7:59 a.m.

    Good luck to Coach Moore. He's earned his retirement.

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