Moore leaving Jasper for Hartselle

From Staff Reports
Posted 1/7/20

Moore has stepped down from his post to take the same position at Hartselle High School in Morgan County.

In his two years, Moore won 22 games and a pair of region championships at Jasper. …

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Moore leaving Jasper for Hartselle

Posted
Updated - 1/7/20  11:17 a.m. to include quotes from Bryan Moore and athletic director Jonathan Jordan

Jasper head coach Bryan Moore has stepped down from his post to take the same position at Hartselle High School in Morgan County.

In his two years, Moore won 22 games and a pair of region championships at Jasper.

Moore came to Jasper from Eufaula High School. He was hired on Jan. 6, 2018, inheriting a 3-7 team that dropped from 6A to 5A.

“My family and I simply cannot express how grateful we are for the Jasper community, the players, the administration, the support staff and the coaches and their wives,” Moore said in a written statement given to the Daily Mountain Eagle. “Jasper has done everything in their power to support my family and to allow our program to be successful, and for that we are so thankful. The success over the past two years is only the beginning for the Viking program.”

Moore had immediate success as Jasper went 11-2 and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs in his first season.The Vikings were ranked No. 1 in Class 5A for the bulk of the 2019 season, finishing 11-1 after a second-round playoff loss to eventual state champion Central Clay County.

Moore was also behind the Vikings getting an artificial playing surface as well as a jumbotron at Ki-Ro Gambrell Field for the 2019 season.

Jasper makes the move back to Class 6A for the 2020 season. The AHSAA announced the football regions in mid-December. The Vikings landed in Region 6 with state contenders Pinson Valley (10-3 in 2019), Clay-Chalkville (10-3) and Mortimer Jordan (11-3) along with Gardendale (8-4), Minor (6-5) at Jackson-Olin (3-7).

“We appreciate what Jasper High School football accomplished under the leadership of Bryan Moore over the past two seasons,” said Jonathan Jordan, athletic director at Jasper High School. “We are also appreciative of the effort and energy that Coach Moore put into fielding a first-class program, both on the field and in our community. We wish Bryan the best of luck in his future endeavors. At this time, we will focus our attention to supporting our student athletes and will immediately begin a search for our next head football coach. During this interim time, current offensive coordinator Philip Bailey will lead our football program until further notice.”

The Hartselle head coaching position became vacant on Nov. 22 when head coach Bo Culver stepped down after going 4-7 in his one season at the school. Hartselle is in Class 6A, Region 8 in 2020 with only two teams that had winning records last season — Muscle Shoals (12-1) and Athens (8-4). The other four teams — Buckhorn, Columbia, Cullman and Decatur — had a combined record of 13-40.