Wilmington College football coach Bryan Moore spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon about the football program as well as giving the club a background of his coaching career.
Coach Moore stated he believes his background helped shape his philosophy as a coach.
He was born and raised in/near Youngstown, Ohio. One side of the family owned and operated a dairy farm. On Sundays, you went over for dinner and then you worked. Hard.
The other side if the family was in inner-city Youngstown where the Sunday dinner experience was still all about family, but much different.
He went to college at Hiram and played football; he majored in Special Education. He went on to West Virginia from there, and then to several other places as a coach.
He is new to Wilmington this year, but already active with the team and in the community. Asked why this job appealed to him, he said he is looking forward to building the program.
He has brought with him assistant coaches he has worked with in the past, whose philosophy for coaching mirror his. His immediate plans are to re-recruit current players, and to recruit more local talent to the team going forward.
At Wilmington, with the athletes not being on scholarships, they choose to play for the team, the school and the coaches. He wants to engage those athletes who have been with the program and build a team around them.
Coach Moore noted that 1.8 million kids play high school football, but only 4.38 percent of those students get to play four years of college football
With one win the last four years, it might be easy to disengage, and he wants to build on the dedication to the team they have demonstrated.
Additionally, he wants to build a stronger local base for WC football. That comes from recruiting local talent as well as national talent. He wants to make Saturday afternoon football at WC the place to be for the larger local community.
He has had the team out in the community and involved in local events and volunteering. He offered their services for events or help.
Coach Moore also shared that he has recruited Josh Sams to help on the coaching staff. The Marines were in recently to “work out” the football team.
The first official fall practice is Aug. 10, with the first game on Sept. 2.