Jasper hires Bryan Moore as head football coach

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/7/18

Jasper has its new head football coach.

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Jasper hires Bryan Moore as head football coach

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Jasper has its new head football coach.

After going through dozens of applicants and interviews the Vikings got their man in Eufaula High School head coach Bryan Moore.

Moore, 32, was officially named head coach at the Jasper City Board of Education meeting on Sunday.

In three years at Eufaula, Moore registered a 26-9 record, guiding the Tigers to the Class 5A playoffs all three years, including two trips to the second round.

At Jasper, Moore takes over for Heath Brunner, who stepped down two weeks after the Vikings wrapped up a 3-7 season.

The Vikings have gone 2-10 in region play over the last two years while playing in one of the toughest regions in Class 6A. Jasper will drop to Class 5A in the 2018 season.

Over the last three years, Eufaula averaged 34.4 points per game. Last season, Jasper averaged just 14.7 points per game, the school's lowest total since 2006.

Prior to taking over at the Barbour County school, Moore served as the offensive coordinator at Opelika High School for four seasons. He spent a total of eight years as an assistant at Opelika.

"This was the most extensive (interviewing process) that I've been through. "I'm glad it was me," Moore said. "During the interview process, I was able to give a presentation of myself and my philosophy and what I hope to bring here to Jasper. I enjoyed that process."

Moore is a Valley native and graduate of Springwood School and Auburn University.

"I'm very excited. The first thing we are going to do every day is character education. I think it's important for the head coach to talk to his kids every day," Moore said. "Two things we will have are goals and purpose. There is a difference between the two. I think goals are things like winning games, region championships and state championships - and we want to do those things. The second thing is to have a purpose. The purpose isn't to win games, but to affect young people's lives. We want to win as much as possible, but our purpose is to develop great people who come back to this community and give back to it."

Jasper City Schools Superintendent Ann Jackson said Moore stood apart from the other candidates.

"We identified 19 coaches in the state that were winning coaches and that embodied the essence of what we were looking for," Jackson said. "We contacted all of them and most of them came in for an interview. It was a long process. it was a tiring process, but it was one of the most rewarding that I've been through as an administrator. It was unanimous when coach Moore presented that this was our guy."