11/4/2001 Eighth grade coach Moore
stepping down after 21 years
By JAYSON LARSON/Daily Sun Staff
In two decades, Kenneth Moore has taken
young men, harnessed their natural abilities to help them become
better athletes and, according to his grand plan, then help mold
those athletes into better people.
Now, after 21 years with Corsicana ISD and
35 years in the coaching business, Kenneth Moore is getting ready
for his last hurrah on the sideline as Collins Middle School
eighth-grade head football coach. Moore coached his last home game
earlier this month, a 36-14 win over Athens.
His last game happens Tuesday at Chapel
Hill. His wife of 38 years, Gladys, will retire as a teacher from
Navarro Elementary, as well.
"If I had it to do all over again, I'd do
it all the same," Moore said. "It's been a great ride for me, a
Moore has seen a lot during his coaching
tenure. He's coached some of the best athletes to ever come through
the program, like former Tiger and University of Houston
record-breaking running back Ketric Sanford. He's coached against
some great ones, as well, having once had to put his defense on the
field against Eric Dickerson while he was at Sealy.
Moore not only coaches the 8th-grade, but
also coordinates all the sports at Collins and assists other coaches
in various jobs. When a new varsity football coach takes the reigns
and installs a new program, Moore is the one who helps the younger
generation of Tigers learn the ropes.
"We work hand in hand," Tiger head varsity
coach Jeff Berry said. "We're totally built from those guys, and
what their program does determines how we do.
"He's just a great coach, a great leader,"
Berry added. "With the position he's in being coordinator at the
middle school, he just does a superb job and related well to those
kids. It doesn't get better than Kenneth Moore."
Moore, a Corsicana native, started his
career in 1967 in the South Texas town of Raymondville, serving as a
junior high coach, a varsity assistant and head baseball coach
during his time there. He stayed until 1977, when he moved on to
Magnolia, where he started as an assistant and moved up to head
coach and athletic director.
He returned to Corsicana in 1981 and has
been here ever since. Corsicana athletic director Sam Thompson also
came here in 1981 and has worked closely along side Moore in the
years since. Thompson said Moore has done an outstanding job of not
only getting players into the program, but also providing them with
discipline and character they need to move on in life.
"He came home and has filled the perfect
role for 21 years," Thompson said. "We will see his mark on these
teams for years and years to come."
Said Moore: "I just want these young men to
get the best education they can through the years. Football is
secondary -- education comes first. I want them to become great
young men, great citizens. If they can do that, football will take
care of itself."
Moore will remain at Collins through the
end of the school year. After that, he says he and his wife will
settle in, maybe do a little traveling. No matter how far away he
gets from the field, the memories are sure to remain.
"I've truly enjoyed it," Moore said. "I've
been in this business 35 years, and I'm going to miss it, I'm sure.
But I've enjoyed every minute of it."
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