East Carter High School’s new head football coach is a man on the move — without ever moving.
Zach Moore, 34, has been at Kentucky Christian University the past four years after being an assistant at Morehead State for eight seasons. All the while, he has made his home with a wife and three children in Grayson.
He’s looking forward to the high school experience.
“I think you’re appreciated at a high school more than at a small college,” he said. “They’re more about admissions numbers than anything else (in college). I think it’s going to be refreshing.”
Moore was an assistant for two seasons at KCU before being named the head coach midway through the 2009 season.
He takes over an East Carter program that has suffered back-to-back 1-9 seasons. Aaron Baldwin resigned after a fourth consecutive losing season. In 2010, East Carter’s 62 points scored ranked lowest in Kentucky’s Class 4A.
“I haven’t inherited a good job in a while,” said Moore, who was 0-11 last season. “The only thing different in this one is we do have a stadium.”
Kentucky Christian University has played all of its games on the road since starting the football program in 2008.
“To be honest, after my KCU experience and NAIA experience, I don’t have any desire to coach in college,” he said. “Like most schools, East Carter isn’t huge, but there are guys walking around the halls who have played at one point or another. (Recruiting in house) is part of the job. At least you don’t have to drive halfway across the country.”
Moore was the recruiting coordinator while at Morehead State.
He goes into the East Carter job with eyes wide open.
“I don’t think I have any unrealistic expectations,” Moore said. “I know it’s going to be pretty challenging. Living here, I’ve seen my share of East Carter games. I’ve got a good understanding at the level of football in northeastern Kentucky.”
Moore grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., where he played three sports for Carter High School.
“You’ve got to get the best athletes in the school,” he said. “I hope they play every sport they possibly can.”
The evaluation of East Carter football begins Monday when spring practice starts, Moore said.
“It’ll be less scheme and more evaluation,” he said. “We’ll see what we have and play to our strengths.”
Moore will be substitute teaching the remainder of the school year and will teach physical education next fall. He said the coaching staff hasn’t been finalized.
“We’ll have maybe one or two guys held over,” he said. “We need a fresh start. Nothing against the individuals (previous staff) but sometimes you get caught up in a bad situation. We want to put the negative culture behind us.”
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2648.