Savannah High is looking for a new football coach as Michael Moore has resigned from his position as head of the program, Blue Jacket athletic director Tim Jordan said Tuesday.
Moore took over as head coach in 2020 and faced a challenging situation as the team had gone 2-18 the previous two seasons. Starting in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, he saw his first season cut to seven games. The Blue Jackets were winless this season with a 0-10 record and Moore won 4-23 in his three-year tenure.
Moore said health issues played a role in his decision to step down.
“It was just about time,” said Moore, 50, who previously had experience as a head coach at New Hampstead after coaching various sports at Johnson from 1998 to 2015, including a stint as athletic director. “I’ve been in the school system for 26 years and have had some health issues that I’ve struggled with. I just thought I had to resign. I might stay in coaching, but I have to step down from the coaching role of head coach.”
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He said he could continue as an assistant coach and didn’t rule out ending up in a place like Bryan County.
“That’s one of the places I would consider because it’s local and that would be a plus,” Moore said. “I have enjoyed my time as a coach at Savannah High and I know there is still work to be done. I just have to take care of myself and get back on my feet.”
Jordan thanked Moore for his service and said the school will begin looking for a replacement immediately.
“Coach Moore said he was leaving for personal reasons,” Jordan said. “We’ve always been known as a basketball school since I started here in the 1990s, but we’ve had some good teams in the past and we want to get back to that. We have great facilities with a brand new stadium on campus which has generated a lot more interest in the programme. We’re moving in the right direction and I think that would be a great job for the right coach.”
Savannah High’s last playoff win came in 2016, when the Blue Jackets posted a 9-3 record under coach Tony Welch, now Jenkins’ head coach.
Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Morning News. Contact him at [email protected]. Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN