Roy Moore has been chosen as the Wellington Dukes’ next football coach.
He replaces Sean Arno after serving under him last season as an assistant. Moore is in his sixth year as a computer science teacher and second year as head track and field coach at Wellington High School.
“I’m happy to be in this position and I look forward to continuing on with a great group of kids,” Moore said. “We’re going to pick up where we left off last year and find ways to improve where it’s needed. We have many talented freshman on their way up.”
From 1974 to 1979, Moore was Midpark High School’s head junior varsity coach before becoming the varsity defensive coordinator in 1980. From that year through 1986, the varsity squad went 47-19-1.
From there, he moved on to Baldwin-Wallace University where he served as linebackers coach from 1986 to 2013.
Moore also spent 35 years in the Berea school district, teaching business and computer science as well as coaching track and girls basketball.
Under Arno, the Dukes improved from 2-8 in 2014 to 3-7 in 2015 and recorded a 5-5 record this past season — the team’s first non-losing year since 2011.
The 2016 Dukes ranked fifth in Lorain County in scoring at 33.7 points per game, racked up 60 points in two contests, and scored 35 or more in seven games.
Moore says he will stick to the spread offensive scheme players are accustomed to and go with an eight man front on the defensive side.
“It will be a spread look but with different motions to create unique looks,” he said. “We want to make defenses think but keep it as simple as possible for our players. We don’t want there to be many moments of springing something completely new on the team.
“We’re going to keep it simple in a 4-4 look on defense,” he said. “There will be a lot of moving around, though, to keep things fresh. We want to be aggressive.”
Moore thinks running out of gas late in games was a factor in Dukes losses in 2016 and wants to improve quickly in that area.
“Our conditioning program needs to be a little better,” he said. “We had so many guys playing on both sides of the ball. What I want to do as much as possible is avoid guys having to go both ways like that. It will keep us strong up front offensively and defensively.”
The new coach said he’s humbled to be tasked with carrying on the tradition of Wellington football and wants to make his own mark in the Dukes annals.
“I feel honored and I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’m blessed to be here with these kids as a teacher and coach. It’s an honor and a privilege and I want to give it everything I’ve got. We’re going to keep things going that are longtime traditions here in Wellington and there’s also some new things I want to try that could become traditions.”
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