Aubrey athletic director Daryl Hellman confirmed late Tuesday that legendary football coach G.A. Moore informed the Aubrey school district Monday that he would not return to the sidelines in the fall after spending three seasons as the Chaparrals’ head coach.
The 73-year-old Moore is the all-time winningest coach in Texas high school football and leaves Aubrey with a career record of 423-97-9 in 45 seasons.
“He’s retiring,” Hellman said. “He didn’t have any specific reason other than that it’s just time to do something else, and he talked about spending more time with his wife and stuff like that.”
Moore could not be reached by phone Tuesday despite several attempts.
Most of Moore’s career was spent at neighboring Pilot Point and Celina, where he won a combined eight state championships.
In his three seasons at Aubrey, Moore compiled a 19-14 record, including an 11-2 opening campaign in 2009 when he rejuvenated Aubrey’s downtrodden program and went three rounds deep in the playoffs with the help of his famed 10-1 defensive scheme, a man-to-man, no-holds-barred defense.
Hellman, who was a star quarterback at Aubrey and became the head coach in 2002, gave way to Moore after the 2008 season to become athletic director. He said Moore’s resume is one that is impossible to replace, and this late in the year Aubrey likely will just hire from within — with all of Moore’s assistants being candidates for the job.
“After he spoke to the kids, I followed up and told them after he left that change is something that occurs,” Hellman said. “Coach Moore isn’t someone you replace. He’s got too much experience and too many things he has accomplished. You’re not going to replace that kind of experience. We just told them that the administration and school district will decide on who the replacement is going to be and they just need to focus on working hard and getting ready for next year.”
Moore, a lifelong rancher in the area, has had health issues and shocked the football community when he came out of retirement to take the Aubrey job after being out of football since 2004, when he retired from his third stint at Pilot Point.
That uncertainty transferred to his time at Aubrey, Hellman said.
“He’s always had an open door after every year on whether he’d return or not,” Hellman said. “The challenges coaching brings and everything you have to do to be successful and have things running the way they need to run, there’s always been that cloud looming every year on what he’d be doing.
“This spring was probably the most questionable. It was 50-50 going into the spring. I got asked by parents, coaches in our district — everyone — asking if G.A. was coming back. People were calling me asking if they could have a shot of taking over, and that was before he’d even left. It seems like from Day 1 that possibility has always been there.”
Moore was head coach at Bryson in 1962 before heading back home to coach at Pilot Point from 1963-70. He moved on to Celina, where he directed that program from 1972-76.
Moore returned to Pilot Point from 1977-85, winning state championships in 1980 and 1981.
Moore left Pilot Point after the 1985 season to take over at Sherman for two seasons.
In 1988, he went back to Celina for his second stint with the Bobcats. In 1995, Celina defeated Alto 32-28 for the Class 2A crown. Three years later the Bobcats started a run of 57 consecutive victories that included state championships in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Moore was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in the most recent class and the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Possible replacements at Aubrey include offensive coordinator Gary Don Moore, G.A’s son whom Hellman hired in 2006, and defensive coordinator Mike Segleski.
“We’re going to hire in-house to keep everything as consistent and similar for our athletes as possible,” Hellman said. “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.”
Hellman said he appreciated Moore taking the opportunity to coach at Aubrey and insisted the move was made solely on Moore’s terms.
“There was no negativity or no pressure; it was just kind of a waiting game all the time,” Hellman said. “Every season we were never 100 percent sure if he’d be coming back.”
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G.A. MOORE’S RECORD
NOTE: Pilot Point forfeited eight wins after the 2004 season, Moore’s final season there.