After serving as Michigan’s tight ends coach for the last three seasons, Moore’s coaching duties will now be focused inside as the Wolverines’ new offensive line coach. He replaces Ed Warinner whose contract expired January 11th after serving in that role for the last three years. Sources say there has been discussion about remaining in Ann Arbor in an analyst role, but there is no confirmation of such a role being agreed upon at press time.
Sources tell The Michigan Insider Moore will also be adding the title of co-offensive coordinator.
It had been speculated that Moore was in the running to join the staff at his alma mater Oklahoma, but he reportedly decided to stay on in Ann Arbor before things progressed in Norman. Lincoln Riley eventually promoted from within to replace departing tight ends coach Shane Beamer.
Moore now takes charge of the position he once played himself, having been a standout at Butler County (Kansas) Community College before transferring to Oklahoma for his final two years. He went on to appear in 14 games as an offensive guard for the Sooners, helping them win two Big 12 Championships and playing in two BCS bowl games.
Moore later transitioned into coaching in 2009, joining Louisville’s staff as a graduate assistant. He then made the jump to full-time assistant in 2012 as the Cardinals tight ends coach, the position he has coached every year since. After two years at Louisville, he spent the following four years at Central Michigan where he added the title of associate head coach and recruiting coordinator in his final season.
Then came the jump to Michigan in 2018 where he has received praise from Jim Harbaugh for both his coaching and recruiting acumen. The Maize & Blue’s recently extended headman will be looking to leverage both of those traits by giving the 35 year old more responsibility.
Thanks to his time as a tight ends coach Moore is obviously well versed in the blocking scheme, but he also has a broad understanding of the offense as a whole after having served as offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ eye in the sky.’ He is also noted for his ability to connect with players, a trait that Harbaugh is almost certainly looking to capitalize on with so many young linemen either already in, or ready to join the two-deep.
Moore has also proven to be a powerful recruiter during his time at Michigan. He is credited with leading to charge to land five-star prospects Daxton Hill and J.J. McCarthy. Additionally, Moore served as the lead recruiter or was heavily involved in courting such prospects as Karsen Barnhart, A.J. Henning, Braiden McGregor, Darion Green-Warren, Roman Wilson, Raheem Anderson, and Donovan Edwards. He finished the recent early signing period ranked the no. 8 recruiter nationally according to 247Sports. Now in addition to being point man in the prime recruiting territories of Michigan and Illinois, he will be instrumental in the courtship of every offensive linemen. It’s a position where many of the most intense recruiting battles and some of the toughest losses have occurred in recent years.
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