Journeying into Lent

 

(PHOTO: Lynn Moore is back in Fulton and ready to begin his second stint as head coach of the IAHS Indians' football team. - Photo by Rob Williams.)

By ROB WILLIAMS

Sports Editor

At the end on the 2002 school year, head football coach Lynn Moore announced he was leaving IAHS to take a position at Ridgeland.

The job offered Moore the opportunity few coaches ever get, to build a team from the ground up. Moore took the job at the newly built Ridgeland High School and laid the groundwork for the future by putting their first ever team together.

A little more than a year later, things have changed dramatically. With Chuck Domino leaving for a job in Alabama, IAHS was without a head football coach with only a few weeks until the start of football practice.

At the Itawamba County school board meeting Monday night, Lynn Moore was hired as the head coach of the IAHS Indians for the 2003 season.

IAHS principal Pete McMurry, who presented Moore's name to the board, said he was glad to have the coach back in Fulton.

"Coach Moore did a great job for us when he was here," McMurry said. "Our football program enjoyed a lot of success under his leadership."

McMurry said there were a lot of good applicants for the position, but Moore came out on top in the evaluation process.

After his year in Ridgeland, Moore feels like he is coming home.

"It was a great year and an unbelievable experience at Ridgeland," Moore said. "I am excited about the opportunity to come home.

"The people of Fulton and Itawamba County treated us extremely well for the four years we were here before, and we are looking forward to renewing those great relationships."

Moore's family did not move to Ridgeland last year and the coach is looking forward to being back with his family.

"I discovered a lot about what having my family around means to me during my year in Ridgeland, and I am grateful for the opportunity for us to be back together."

Coach Moore expects the football staff at IAHS to remain intact, but there is at least one open spot. Departing coach Chuck Domino came to Fulton as Moore's defensive coordinator, so that will need to be filled.

"We are looking forward to having Coach Moore back," McMurry said. "We expect great things from him again as our football coach."

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