A day after Aubrey ISD athletic director Daryl Hellman confirmed the retirement of legendary head football coach G.A. Moore, Moore said shutting the door on his coaching career after 45 seasons is never an option, but he did say he would not coach next season.
The all-time wins leader in Texas high school history compiled a 19-14 record in three years at Aubrey to put his all-time record at 423-97-9 with eight state championships to his credit with other stints at Bryson, Sherman and, most notably, Pilot Point and Celina.
“I don’t know, I’d never say that,” Moore said when asked if his coaching days were over. “I still love to coach, and I want to coach. But we’re going to be gone for a while. I’ve never been gone or taken off time in the summer. I’ve always stayed around and watched the kids in 7-on-7 and all that stuff, and I can’t do it this summer.
“I would never say I’m finished. If I get to be 100 years old, I’d probably still say that. I love it too much.”
Moore said he and his wife are planning a trip to Israel with a church group and then another two-week getaway upon their return from Israel.
“To be honest, that’s not fair to our kids [at Aubrey],” Moore said. “It’s something I feel like I need to do. I never thought I’d get the opportunity to do this.”
Moore, 73, has also battled health problems, which played a factor in his 2004 retirement from Pilot Point that lasted four seasons. But he said this time around his health was not a factor in his decision to not return to coaching next season.
“I thought when I retired from Pilot Point that I was getting old,” Moore said. “But after I had a couple of [coronary] stents put in, I felt great. I just had a checkup and everything’s in good shape. I feel good. I still love coaching, but I feel like there’s some other things I need to do right now before I get too old.”
Aside from his planned trips this summer, the lifelong rancher also cited good cattle prices as a reason he needs to get out of the coaching business.
“Cattle prices are up pretty good now, as high as I’ve ever seen them,” Moore said. “There’s some things I need to do and just get out on the ranch and run things. I need to spend more time taking care of them because they’re worth more money than they have ever been. It might not last long, but the prices are better than I ever remember.”
Moore will not be coaching on the sidelines at Aubrey next season, but he will certainly be attending the games on Friday nights as he’ll get the chance to watch his grandson, Kyle Lynn, who is set to be the Chaparrals’ junior quarterback.
“I feel like we got things in pretty good shape in Aubrey,” Moore said. “Our freshman team went undefeated in district and our JV team lost one district game. We’ve got some speed and some size coming back, but I’m a little bitter that the year after I leave they’ll have that. I feel like they should be pretty good.”
As for who might be his grandson’s head coach next year, Moore said he did not want to speculate, but Hellman said Tuesday night the program plans to hire from within, which could include Moore’s son and the team’s offensive coordinator, Gary Don Moore, defensive coordinator Mike Segleski and assistant head coach Monty Endres. There has also been talk Hellman, a lifelong Aubrey resident, could return to the sidelines after a three-year absence.
“We’re going to hire in-house to keep everything as consistent and similar for our athletes as possible,” said Hellman, who was the head coach from 2002-08 before passing the reins to Moore to focus on his duties as athletic director after a successful stint atop the program. “Making a complete change in late May or early June is really difficult. We’re hoping to keep the same system and everything so we don’t throw the kids into shock. Whatever the district feels is the best option, that’s what I will support.”
Added Moore: “I really don’t know who it will be. I’m not even going to speculate on that part of it.”
If the coach has, in fact, coached his last game, his legend will live on in the area for generations with the success he had all within a triangle of small towns separated by no more than 14 miles.
Moore admitted the feeling was different in Aubrey than during his days at Celina and Pilot Point, where he was universally loved. The dynamic in Aubrey was undoubtedly different, most likely because people in Aubrey grew up knowing Moore as a sworn enemy who routinely beat the Chaparrals.
But he certainly holds no hard feelings and plans to be in attendance for every Aubrey game in the near future.
“It’s always different, no matter where you are,” Moore said. “Aubrey hasn’t had the success that Pilot Point and Celina had, but at the same time I think that’s what we’re striving for. I saw a lot of areas where we really made some strides.”
Moore said when he took the job at Aubrey, the plan was to coach there for three years and prepare Aubrey for an expected jump to Class 3A. Instead, that jump came two years sooner than expected with the 2010 UIL realignment, one year after his first Aubrey team finished 11-2.
“The first year we won 11 games and that was a lot of excitement,” Moore said. “The thing that hurt so much was when they moved us right up to 3A and we were right on the bubble. I think we’re now at a point where we can play with 3A, though. It’s hard to just jump right up there.”
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