Faced with a schedule that includes state powerhouses, Warren County has hired a football coach who knows how to win playoff games.
The Warren County athletic department announced Friday coaching veteran Tom Moore will be assuming duties as WCHS head football coach effective Jan. 1.
Moore led Brentwood Academy to two state championship games after taking over the program from coach Carlton Flatt. Moore compiled a 24-11 record in three years at Brentwood Academy.
“I am fortunate to have coached with some talented people in some great settings,” said Moore. “Through each experience, I have learned and grown as a person and as a football coach. That path has led me to Warren County and I am thankful and excited about being part of the community and being able to lead this football program.”
Moore has spent the past four years coaching at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis where he served as both offensive and defensive coordinator.
“Tom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program,” said WCHS athletic director Todd Willmore. “Tom is excited about the possibilities our position offers and is eager to mold and lead our students in a positive manner.”
A native of Middle Tennessee, Moore was a player at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville where he was named most valuable player for the 1979 season and first team all-state quarterback. His high school success led to a football scholarship with Vanderbilt University. Moore was team captain during his senior season as a defensive back.
After college, Moore began his coaching career at his alma mater, Montgomery Bell Academy, working for legendary coach Tommy Owen. Moore left MBA to pursue a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee.
Moore eventually returned to MBA to coach beside ex-teammate and close friend Ricky Bowers before being chosen to succeed longtime Brentwood Academy coach Carlton Flatt.
Following Brentwood Academy, Moore started and operated his own business while sustaining his coaching career as a non-faculty assistant at Franklin Road Academy and Christ Presbyterian Academy, including CPA’s 2002 state championship run.
Four years ago, Moore returned to teaching and coaching full time at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis.
Said Director of Schools Bobby Cox, “The administration and interview committee have worked very hard to complete their task of finding a new head football coach for WCHS. I support their recommendation of coach Moore. He has impressive credentials and I look forward to him joining the Warren County team.”
Moore inherits a Pioneer squad that went 4-6 last year in the only season Scott Smith coached the team. In a bit of irony, Moore coached against Smith in a 2001 all-star game. Moore was at Brentwood Academy at the time, while Smith was at Ezell-Harding.
This year, the Pioneers will compete in the TSSAA’s new large school division that includes the top 32 schools in the state based on enrollment figures.
Warren County is in a district that includes Riverdale, Oakland, Cookeville, Siegel, LaVergne, Smyrna, Blackman, and Coffee County.
It’s the third straight time Warren County has gone with an out-of-town candidate for its football coach. Two local candidates were among 19 who applied for the job when it was posted for five days earlier this month.
Moore is the eighth football coach hired at WCHS over the past 20 years. Of those eight coaches, Chris Madewell has been the only local candidate hired.