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‘Moore’ soccer on tap at SF

‘Moore’ soccer on tap at SF
By KENNETH COKER
Messenger Sports Reporter
New South Fulton girls’ soccer coach Mixon Moore insists he’s “been there and done that” in regard to building a program from the ground up.
After all, the 22-year-old Gibson County graduate and UT Martin senior-to-be did witness first-hand the birth of the Pioneer soccer program as a player for two seasons and a paraprofessional coach for four years.
Now, he’s got the reins to the SF girls’ team, which is set to play its first full varsity season in the fall.
And Moore is hopeful he can duplicate the success he has witnessed under Scott Jewell within the Lady Pioneer program.
“I’ve been down this road before as a player and a coach,” said Moore, who was given the task of directing the defense the past four seasons for the GC girls, said. “I’ve seen the success of a program after a few years at Gibson County. We went from losing by nine to opponents and winning no games to a 7-8-2 record last year.
“I know what it’s like to start from scratch.”
Last fall, South Fulton put together a team, according to athletic director Keith Frazier, but paperwork shortcomings made the program unable to schedule more than a couple of exhibition matches with paraprofessional and student-teacher Shannon Shuppe as the coach.
Frazier said that wouldn’t be the case this year as 25-30 students showed up at a team organizational meeting, during which the new coach was also introduced.
Meanwhile, Moore also admitted there will likely be questions about how his youth will factor into the equation against more experienced coaches and also when commanding respect from players not many years his junior.
“I think my players will respond well to my energy,” Moore, who is working toward a degree to teach Spanish, said. “I’m not a mean coach. I know I went about a career in coaching in an unorthodox way by starting as an assistant when I was 18, but I feel a lot better now and more comfortable in the role of a coach.
“Coach Jewell gave me a great opportunity to take what I knew about the game and pass it along. I feel I did that at Gibson County, but I also think I picked up a lot from him about how to simply be a coach.”
Frazier believes those qualities make Moore, who also was a paraprofessional football assistant the past two years, the right man for the job.
“He’s very young, but he’s been with Gibson County for four years and played soccer,” Frazier said. “From what I’ve witnessed, Coach Moore is very energetic and from an athletic director’s standpoint, he’s been a great addition because he wants to work with our other programs here at the school.
“He’s already talked to Coach (Curt) Lee about setting up a schedule so the girls that play soccer are able to participate in basketball and softball, too.”
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.28.10

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