Gator football hires Randy Moore as defensive coordinator

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Randy Moore, defensive coordinator

Randy Moore, defensive coordinator

The Campus: Where have you coached before?

Randy Moore: For the last six years, I’ve been the head coach at Hiram College. Before that I was at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. I’ve been coaching for 33 years, but those are the two most recent.

Campus: What made you want to coach?

Moore: The opportunity to help young men grow as men, grow as students and then coach the game I love.

Campus: What made you decide to come to Allegheny?

Moore: When I walked on campus, I felt like I was back in a university feel again. The campus was spread out with modern and historic buildings. Then the opportunity to work with Coach [BJ] Hammer, to build the program back up to the level of football that it should be. We’ve got a strong Allegheny tradition in football and we want to get that back. It’s a great academic school.

Campus: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

Moore: I think you go into every season wanting to win every game, whether that’s realistic or not. But also to be able to help Coach Hammer get the most out of the young men that we have and continue to recruit more young men that have that competitive edge.

Campus: What are your expectations for the Allegheny players?

Moore: Just to believe in what we’re doing, to put the past in the past and stick to the program that’s put in front of them.

Campus: What do you think the benefits of being a student athlete are?

Moore: It’s life. Everything you learn in the game of football, the discipline, the time management, how to handle success, how to handle failure and how to work within a teamwork frame. Everything that you learn in athletics, are things that are going to help you succeed in the classroom, succeed in life, succeed in your marriage and your job. It’s all encompassing.

Campus: What has coaching taught you?

Moore: Perseverance. How to handle the success. How to handle the failure, and it’s all about being able to communicate and care about not just the young men that you work with but the coaches that you work with, too.

Campus: Do you have a favorite football memory?

Moore: I think that being a part of rebuilding programs is different at every place but the thing that’s very common within it is when a program hasn’t had a lot of success and you turn that program around and you get it to where it’s having success that they haven’t had in a long time. It’s not just a wonderful feeling as a coach, but it’s a great feeling as a player.

Campus: Do you have any regrets?

Moore: No, I really can’t say that I have regrets. I have experiences that I wish may have gone in different directions, but if they didn’t go the direction that they went, I wouldn’t have grown as a person or a man. I think that’s important. So I really don’t have any regrets.

Campus: What is one thing you want the team, the Allegheny students and the community to know about yourself?

Moore: For me, it’s more than just football. I would like the community to know that I’m here to support the young men, help them grow as students and then win. I care as much about the young men as much as I do about the football program.  

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