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Moore resigns as football coach
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WCHS football coach Tom Moore resigned Tuesday after being hired as the football coach at Hillwood High School, a team which has made the playoffs four straight years.

When it comes to his future at Warren County High School, football coach Tom Moore has decided to punt.

Moore ended his four-year tenure at the helm of the Pioneers on Tuesday with one final play – a handoff of his resignation.

He has accepted the job as head football coach at Hillwood High School and was scheduled to be introduced to his new team Tuesday afternoon.

“I interviewed for the Hillwood job and really didn’t think I would get it,” said Moore. “I was at peace with staying here. I really like the group that’s coming back. It’s a fun group and there’s a core that is really working hard. But this was an opportunity for me that’s really a chance to go home and reconnect with that community. I grew up there and rode my bike in front of the school as a kid.

“I told the team that all relationships have a physical end,” Moore continued. “The important thing is to treat people right along the way. This is a new opportunity for me, but it’s also a chance for them to hear a new voice and that could be beneficial too.”

Hired in 2015, Moore was 8-34 in four years at Warren County. He inherited a program which had gone 11-39 the previous five years, but against a much easier schedule that didn’t include the Murfreesboro powerhouse schools.

Moore’s first year was the first time in seven years the Pioneers played Riverdale, and the first time in six years they played Oakland. Midstate bruisers like Blackman and Siegel were Pioneer football opponents for the first time in school history under coach Moore.

“The football aspect of it has its challenges in Warren County,” admitted Moore. “The biggest thing for the football program is getting more kids to play. There are five to 10 kids at that school right now who are playing other sports who would make a big difference if they played football. Depth is a huge factor. We’re playing kids both ways and facing teams with a roster of 110 kids. We’re playing hard and competing, but we get tired.”

Moore leaves with no shortage of memories. His first victory as a Pioneer came with sophomore Isaiah Grayson at quarterback against Sequatchie County. Later that year, the Pioneers made the playoffs and put up a spirited effort against eventual state runner-up Maryville before falling 35-7.

“That Maryville game was the best game we played while I was here,” said Moore. “We were down 21-7 at the half and Rickie King put up 200 yards rushing, which was the most yards they gave up all year.”

Moore also remembers the effort against Blackman in 2016, a game the Pioneers led in the second half before falling 35-21.

The Pioneers enjoyed their best season under Moore in 2017 when the team finished 3-7. That year included a 2-0 start with big wins over White County and DeKalb County.

The Pioneers were 2-8 this past season.

Moore joins a Hillwood team that has made the playoffs four straight years. A Metro Nashville school with around 1,000 students, Hillwood doesn’t have to face the large state powers.

Moore has a storied football coaching career, having won a state championship as an assistant coach with Christ Presbyterian Academy in 2002. As a head coach, he took Brentwood Academy to two state title games.