By Brandon Speck
MANTACHIE – Lynn Moore stepped down from a football program he helped revive and was quickly replaced by his assistant, T.J. Seago.
“I’ve said my whole career when it’s time to go, I would know,” said Moore, who resigned Tuesday, “… when you really didn’t want to go to practice. Everybody wants to go on Friday night.”
Moore isn’t getting completely out of the business. He will be the new Itawamba County athletics director. Itawamba superintendent Michael Nanney said the position is in part to aid principals – routinely becoming more and more involved in curriculum – in administering athletic programs.
Seago, 32, served as defensive coordinator the last two seasons. The Kossuth graduate has been an assistant coach at Tishomingo County and Pontotoc.
“I’ve been here,” Seago said. “I’m fortunate Coach Moore let me do a lot of head coach duties. There will be some change on offense. We lost our quarterback and top four wide receivers. Defensively, we get seven of eight guys back, so not a lot of change there.
“I’m excited. The kids are excited.”
Moore went 14-11 and led the Mustangs to consecutive playoff berths, in Class 3A last season and to the second round of the 2A playoffs this season. Nine wins this year tied the most in school history, the ninth coming against Strayhorn in Mantachie’s first-ever home playoff opener.
“It was a fun year,” Moore said. “The kids were great to coach. We felt like we gave them all we had and they certainly gave us back all they had. When you get that, that’s about all you can ask for in this business.”
Moore closes a coaching career that spans 41 years and four states, along with head coaching stops at Aberdeen, Itawamba AHS, Louisville and West Point in Mississippi.
He won a state title in 1993 at Louisville and served two years as athletics director at IAHS.