Jim Moore joins Gatlinburg-Pittman coaching staff

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 01:53 PM

Jim Moore is headed back to the beginning.
The former Seymour head football coach, who resigned in November, said he’s accepted a position on the Gatlinburg-Pittman staff for 2014. It was Highlanders coach Benny Hammonds who hired Moore fresh out of Carson-Newman back in 1980.
“I was there for four years for (Hammonds),” Moore said. “I think the world of him. Him and the other assistants up there at that time, they kept me fed and kept me out of trouble for the most part. … It all fell into place. It’s just a great opportunity to get to be able to coach with Benny again and all the other guys. It’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
Hammonds said he hasn’t decided exactly what responsibilities Moore will have. He fills a spot vacated by the retiring Neal Estes, who was G-P’s defensive coordinator in addition to coaching tight ends and the secondary.
“No decision’s been made,” Hammonds said. “It will be in the next couple of weeks. I’m sure he’ll work a large amount of time with our defense. Offense, we don’t know yet. …
“We hated to lose (Moore). Our staff has always thought the world of him. He’s a tremendous addition to our staff just by who he is and what we know about him.”
Moore and Hammonds have remained in touch over the years. Hammonds reached out to his friend shortly after he stepped down from his position with the Eagles in November. They started talking seriously about Moore coming to G-P once the calendar turned to 2014. He comes to a Highlander team that went 8-3 in 2013, falling to Christian Academy of Knoxville in the first round of the playoffs.
Hammonds said his new assistant brings valuable experience from a career that has taken him from H.V. Jenkins in Savannah, Ga. to White County and Heritage before his time at Seymour, his alma mater. He was 15-36 with the Eagles after taking over for Gary Householder in 2009.
Now, Moore’s back in the city where he first grabbed a whistle.
“(Hammonds) sent me a nice text and everything in November,” Moore said. “Like I said, he’s taken care of me before. He’s a good one.”