Roy Moore is out as varsity football coach at Wellington High School after one year.
The search process to find a new coach began the week of Nov. 13, according to athletic director John Bowman. Moore will remain in the district as a computer teacher at WHS and McCormick Middle School.
The Dukes went 0-10 this season and were outscored by opponents 433-99 after going 5-5 and ranking fifth in scoring in Lorain County the previous fall, which was Wellington’s first .500 or better season since 2011.
The general of the 2016 squad, Sean Arno, departed WHS in the spring to take over head coaching duties at Elyria High School.
Bowman said the decision to move on was a mutual one between he and Moore.
“It was just decided to take the program in a different direction, and (Moore) understood that,” said Bowman. “There were a lot of things that coach Moore had to face this year and it’s hard to pinpoint one or any of them. It was just a lot of things. It obviously didn’t work out for the better.”
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.
Bowman said it’s unknown whether the new coach will again come from within the district or a new face will be sought.
On getting Dukes football back on track, Bowman said it’s about more than who is eventually named coach.
“The kids have to buy in to the hard work that football takes,” he said.
“Football is a hard sport and you need 11 guys that care on both sides of the ball. We’re already working toward getting that rolling. No matter who’s going to lead this program, we’re going to get off to a better start in December and in the whole off-season better than we did last year.”
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