Moore resigns as Seymour football coach
Seymour needs a new football coach.
Jim Moore said on Thursday he resigned as head coach less than a week after the Eagles finished a 2-8 season. Seymour lost its last seven games under Moore, who finished with a 15-36 record.
“It was something I’ve been thinking about throughout the season,” Moore said. “When you do something for 35 years and all the time you’ve put into it and the things you’ve missed out on for those 35 years, is it paying off? Right now, it’s not.”
Moore’s predecessor, Seymour athletic director Gary Householder, thanked the coach for his five years at the helm.
“I appreciate Jim and all the hard work he did at Seymour and all the physical improvements he made to the program,” Householder said. “I appreciate all of his hard work on behalf of the athletes and the football program.”
Householder, who coached football at Seymour for 34 years before stepping down in 2008, said he wouldn’t be interested in the job. He said he’ll be looking for the best coach for Seymour High School.
“I gave it up when I turned 60,” Householder said. “They need someone a lot younger than me. I enjoyed my 34 years there but it’s time for someone else that can put 24-7 into it because that’s what it takes.”
One possible candidate could be defensive line coach Darrel Lauderdale, who said he would be interested in the job. He said he was surprised by Moore’s resignation.
“It’s unfortunate and sad,” Lauderdale said. “Coach Moore is one heck of a football coach. I appreciate everything he has ever done for me and the Seymour football program. I hate it. He’s a Seymour boy. He’s a long-time Seymour boy. He’s going to be missed.”
The Eagles last made the playoffs in 2009, Moore’s first year and Seymour’s first season moving up from class 3A to 5A. Both Householder and Moore said the move up in classification made things difficult.
“We jumped from a 3A classification when we were in the top 10 percent size-wise, to being in the bottom 10 percent two or three classes above that,” Moore said. “That’s hard for any coach.”
The coach said things were compounded this season by injuries and a lack of size. The Eagles started 2-1, winning in thrilling fashion on the first night of the season at Sullivan North. But a 41-38 loss to Heritage on Sept. 13 started a losing streak Seymour never snapped.
“It was the perfect storm,” Moore said. “I had some great kids that fought hard that physically weren’t able to do some of the things that needed to be done in this league. With the injuries tacked on, it just added up.
“It’s not excuses. Things just didn’t work out the way we anticipated it to work out.”
Lauderdale said he was left wondering what he could’ve done as an assistant to make this past season a more successful one. Whoever takes the reins has a lot of work to do, he said.
“It’s going to take some work and some effort from not only whatever coaches are there but the administration and the community,” Lauderdale said. “I know the community is not happy with the results.”