A Mason graduate will take the helm as the new head football coach at La Salle.
Nate Moore, a 1999 Mason High School graduate, was formerly introduced Tuesday during a live online interview hosted by WSLN, La Salle’s communications network.
Moore is the ninth La Salle head football coach in school history. The school started in 1960.
According to La Salle, there were four finalists for the position. La Salle and Moore worked out final details on Monday night.
Moore said he approached the interview process by being himself and admitted the La Salle search committee was very thorough.
Minster, a Division VI program, made three consecutive state playoff appearances (2010-2012) under Moore. Asked about the transition from the Midwest Athletic Conference to the Greater Catholic South division, Moore said: “Trust me, I wouldn’t apply for this job if I didn’t think I was ready.”
Moore led Minster to a 25-13 record in three seasons (2010-2012). Minster was 1-9 in 2009 and 6-24 over the previous three seasons before he arrived.
Moore, a former Mason defensive end, played right tackle at the University of Dayton from 1999-2003, according to La Salle. He was offensive line coach at Hamilton and Chaminade-Julienne under current Withrow head coach Jim Place.
Moore said he felt very honored to be a part of La Salle’s coaching staff on Tuesday night.
“Our football team is going to compete for the GCL South championship year in and year out,” Moore said.
Moore said he watched quite a bit of film of La Salle recently and was impressed with the talent of junior standout wide receiver Derek Kief along with other skill positions, young linemen and sophomore defensive end Jordan Thompson.
Moore will continue to be an intervention specialist at Minster until school ends there at the end of May. He will spend Friday afternoons to Sunday nights in the Cincinnati-area with the La Salle football program. His teaching position at La Salle had not been determined as of Tuesday night.
La Salle athletic director Dan Flynn said he was confident the school found the correct fit with Moore. La Salle conducted an exhaustive national search, according to school officials.
The school had a search committee of eight, including one past and one current NFL player.
Before the list of four finalists, there was a short list of 20 in-person interviews with those candidates who envisioned their own plan for the program, according to the school.
Moore takes over for former La Salle coach Tom Grippa, who was named the new offensive coordinator at the College of Mount St. Joseph in January. Grippa informed the La Salle team of his decision the morning of Jan. 22.
Grippa, who coached the Lancers for the past 10 seasons, has a career high school head coaching record of 174-100. La Salle made the postseason three times in 10 years under Grippa and had a 59-40 overall record.
La Salle was 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the Greater Catholic League South division in the 2012 season.
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