Jasper's Moore named Eagle Elite Coach of the Year

Vikings enjoy turnaround season in 2018

By W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports Writer
Posted 12/25/18

The Jasper football program was struggling.

Heading into the 2018 season, the Vikings had won just seven games in the previous two years and had not competed in a postseason game since 2015.

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Jasper's Moore named Eagle Elite Coach of the Year

Vikings enjoy turnaround season in 2018

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The Jasper football program was struggling.

Heading into the 2018 season, the Vikings had won just seven games in the previous two years and had not competed in a postseason game since 2015.

Head coach Bryan Moore arrived after a successful stint at Eufala eager to reverse Jasper’s fortunes — and wasted little time in doing so.

After a rigorous offseason training program to get players in shape, as well as learning the ins and outs of their new head coach’s philosophies, the Vikings hit the field radically changed — a changed that proved instant dividends.

After an opening loss to Cullman, Jasper wouldn’t experience defeat until the third round of the playoffs, finishing the season with an 11-2 record, the program’s best since 2008.

Moore is the Eagle Elite Coach of the Year.

“I think a lot of our success was due to people and personnel. We had a plan that did involve just me, but our staff, administration and our community as well. Our school has a long tradition of excellence — one of which we wanted to see rebuilt and continued long into the future,” Moore said. “Even though they had struggled, the kids expected to bounce back and that enthusiasm was a large part of helping us turn things around. Through our coaching staff — which we looked for quality men who could teach not just football, but life lessons — we had the framework for the transformation. Our leadership within the team was outstanding — the seniors were so vital and their attitudes were infectious. It combined for success.”