High school football

Deja vu: Moore resigns as Mariner football coach

Veteran coach accepts position at Cianbro as fitness coordinator
By Mark Haskell | Feb 28, 2013

Rockland — Six months removed from his initial resignation and return, Woody Moore has resigned as Oceanside High School varsity football coach.

"Woody Moore has informed me that he has accepted a job with Cianbro in central Maine and will be starting work there in mid-April," said Oceanside athletic director Jim Leonard in a statement. "He has resigned as head football coach at Oceanside High School. He and his family will be sorely missed by our school and our community. We wish them all the very best."

Moore led the Rockland District High School football program four years and the Oceanside program the past two seasons, after Rockland consolidated with neighboring Georges Valley.

Moore led the Tigers to a record of 15-21 and two regional playoff appearances and a 5-11 record in his two years with the Mariners for a combined record of 20-32.

"It definitely wasn't an easy decision," said Moore. "It's something I put a lot of time into and [my wife] Becky and I have talked about it quite a bit, and decided it was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up."

The move for Moore comes roughly a month away from the Maine Principals' Association's conference at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, where the Mariners will likely make the move to Western Class B under the new four-class high school football system.

Moore, 37, stepped down in mid-August after his position as health coordinator at Regional School Unit 13 was eliminated due to budget cuts at the state level, but a grant funded by the University of New England in Biddeford allowed Moore to reclaim his regular job and, ultimately, his coaching job.

Moore will be the new fitness coordinator for Cianbro, a construction company that operates out of Pittsfield. It is a new position at the company, and one Moore is Taylor-made for.

"The company doesn't have anything in place for employees that want to make changes," Moore said. "If they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, if their BMI [body mass index] is high or if they simply want to exercise. And that's something [the company] want(s)."

The veteran coach went back and forth over accepting the Cianbro position, or continuing to work at RSU 13 while both he and his wife Becky ran a personal training business out of their home. In the end, the opportunities Cianbro offered him were too good to pass up.

"As I got deeper into it, it turned into something that, in terms of my profession, a pretty incredible opportunity," Moore said. "To be able to go to a corporation and work with the employees and involve the community and involve people that work there in terms of putting together a fitness center and a fitness plan and figuring out how that's going to go for the company."

The stability of the position also was an attraction for Moore, as opposed to his current job primarily funded by grants. Moore said the division of the program that he will be heading was "spearheaded by the CEO [Peter Vigue], so you know it's a vested-type program and something that's going to be there for a while."

Moore made his decision Feb. 27 and his last day at RSU 13 will be Monday, March 25. He will then begin to gradually work into his new job and begin full-time Monday, April 22.

Moore plans to continue with RSU 13's Bigger-Faster-Stronger program until March 25, which will allow him to continue to work with his children and participate in the annual Maine State Powerlifting Championships in Brewer.

"It's bittersweet, because I love those kids," he said. "To be involved with the [football] program for so many years, it's like letting one of your kids go. It doesn't matter when or how it happens. It's tough."

Moore, originally from central Maine, having graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1994, said he plans to continue coaching in some capacity.

"I will be coaching," he said. "There's no question. At what level or where, we'll see. It's a passion of mine, obviously, so I will be coaching."

Moore attended the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1998 and his master's degree in 2003, both in physical education.

Moore said while "it's definitely going to be a change for everybody," he preached to his now former players "to work hard, stay committed to the weight room and to each other."

"[Oceanside Principal] Tom [Forti] and Jim [Leonard] are big supporters of the [football] program and always have been," Moore said. "They'll do everything in their power to get [a head coach] who comes in and cares about kids as much as I do."

Leonard said there has been no timetable set for naming Moore's successor.

Courier Publications Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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