Tommy Moore appointed head coach of Holton Football


By Greg Gielczyk

HOLTON— After several previous stops as an assistant coach, including a stint at Reeths-Puffer and North Muskegon, Tommy Moore got his first gig as head college football coach when the Holton School Board approved his hire this week.

Moore, an Air Force veteran, began coaching youth football in Oklahoma while stationed there, before transferring to Michigan in 2010 and joining the staff at North Muskegon.

He stayed at North Muskegon for a few years, then spent two years at Reeths-Puffer where he was the junior head coach at the university for a year.

Later he became the defensive coordinator in Ravenna. He took a year off, then coached his son’s junior football team last year while finishing his bachelor’s degree at Grand Valley.

“Holton is very pleased to have Tommy’s energy and passion for the game infused into the football program and the hallways,” said Holton sporting director Jared Hudson.

Moore was the defensive coordinator in Ravenna. He will teach high school physical education and health at Holton.

“I love defense,” Moore said. “Defense is where my background is. I mainly trained the defense in my mandate.

But, he played quarterback as a prep at Indiana and started as a wide receivers coach his freshman year.

Halfway through training camp, Moore was asked to coach if he would like to be the defensive coordinator. He was told he would learn on his feet.

“Once I made that change, I was locked in,” Moore said. “But, I still have the attacking mindset. Along with my understanding of defense, it also helps me prepare more for offenses.

“My passion is with the defensive backfield. I love coaching linebackers, they’re super important. But in high school, if you can have a good, solid secondary, you can make your defense pretty good.

Offensively, Moore says he likes to use the whole court with power distribution, similar to what Ravenna ran when he was there.

“Expand the field, but still be able to run between the tackles when needed,” Moore said.

Defensively, Moore says he likes odd fronts.

“I like to keep a lot in the box and cover outside with my secondary guys,” he said. “The mid-run gaps are pretty well laid out with a weird front, and the secondary guys are free to move around without having to worry about so many running responsibilities.”

Moore brought with him some guys he’s been coaching with for some time, including Chad Tevern who will be No. 2 behind Moore and a key assistant in setting up the offense.

Moore and his wife Brittani have two children, daughter Karsyn who is 13 and son Trey who is 10.


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