Moore takes over as AD at Hooper Academy
By Tim Gayle
Former Alabama Christian Academy coach Bill Moore will take on a different challenge after being named the athletic director at Hooper Academy earlier this week.
Moore moved from Texas to Alabama for his first taste of private school athletics at ACA before taking on a different set of challenges at the Alabama Independent School Association school in Hope Hull.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be over there,” Moore said. “I think it’s a great step for me personally and professionally. I absolutely loved my time at ACA. I think it helped me get to where I am today.”
“I know there are a lot of positive energy at the school itself, not just the programs,” Moore said. “There is a lot of good support in helping to develop a positive culture. They’re dug in and ready for the process to begin.”
Hooper Academy was one of the state’s most recognized private school programs from its beginning in the 1970s through much of the 1990s but has struggled since moving up to Class AAA. In football, former coach Craig Duncan reached the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 as a AA school but it has earned just two berths in the state playoffs since moving up to AAA in 2004.
“I’ve been down this road before with the whole classification stuff,” Moore pointed out. “I spent a couple of years at the 5A level with ACA. I’m just trying to use a lot of those experiences to help them go through that and build a positive culture.”
In an interesting twist, Moore will serve as the offensive coordinator in football but said that working arrangement with football coach Duane McWhorter won’t be a conflict.
“He’s been doing this (coaching) longer than I have, but my role is to direct all of those programs,” Moore said. “I ran into him when I came to interview and I sent him a message that night that I really want to serve the entire Hooper community and really put everyone in a position to succeed. And that includes serving him as his offensive coordinator.
“I couldn’t ask for a better guy to come in and work with. I have a ton of respect for him. I tried to get him on at ACA a couple of years ago, we just didn’t have a spot for him. I’m excited to work for him in that capacity.”
McWhorter said he looks forward to working with Moore, both as an employee and as the boss on Friday nights.
“I think Bill and I will be able to work fine,” he said. “I’m a defensive guy at heart. I’ve coached offense for two years since 1989. Everything else has been on the defensive side of the ball. I knew when I got the job that I needed to find somebody that was an offensive person. Bill’s going to do a fine job. He’s going to be a good wealth of knowledge. I look forward to working with him.”
Moore had just wrapped up spring practice at Alabama Christian when he unexpectedly found himself unemployed in early June. While the whole transition from Moore to a new coach at ACA appears to be a public relations nightmare, Moore offered no insight on his employment with the school and said he wanted to look forward to the challenges at Hooper, not back at his time with ACA.
“I really don’t have anything negative to say about ACA,” he said. “I love the kids, I love the guys I got to coach with and work with, the faculty there is amazing. My kids are still going to be there next year, my wife is still going to be teaching there next year. It’s just one of those things. When you put yourself out there to be a head coach, sometimes this is almost inevitable at some point in your career. I leave with no regrets.