Zack Moore doesn’t want fancy goodbye gifts chosen just for him.

Moore is entering his third season as coach of Greenup County. It is also his last campaign as he is the new vice principal of the high school.

“We don’t do farewell tours or anything like that,” Moore said. “We’re just going to play.”

Usually, Greenup County administrators are not permitted to concurrently hold coaching positions. Moore is still on the sidelines this year, in part because the assistant manager job didn’t come up until June, and he’s grateful an exception was made for him.

“There’s no way I would have even applied for the job if I had to leave so late before the start of a season,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t do that to our team and our kids.”

And no, the Musketeers’ 1-9 record last year was no reason to move to the front office.

“No, no, no, no,” Moore said. “I would have stayed as long as I was a teacher and as long as they had me… as their head football coach.”

Moore’s appointment as assistant manager hit social media on July 11. He told the team a few days earlier.

“Teenagers, they are quite flexible; they live in the moment,” Moore said. “I just encouraged them, that’s what we’re going to do here. We weren’t going to worry about what was going to happen at the end of the season.

Lead linebacker Wyatt Perkins was in Tennessee when he found out.

“Seeing that sucks,” Perkins said. “I think he’s a very good coach, especially a very good defensive coach.”

Moore, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, was a linebacker at Morehead State. He said he fitted in almost immediately due to a shared dislike of University of Kentucky football.

“No one at Morehead likes the UK, so I had that in common,” Moore said. “No one I’ve played football with does that.”

After graduating from Morehead State in 1998, Moore remained in northeastern Kentucky. Coached defensive line, linebackers, defensive backs and receivers at Morehead State for eight seasons (1998-2006), was defensive coordinator and head coach at Kentucky Christian University from 2007-2010, coached East Carter from 2011-14 (compiling a 7-33 record) and returned to Morehead State for three seasons (2015-17).

Moore came to Greenup County as an assistant in 2018.

Approximately 900 students in grades 9 through 12 attend Greenup County High School. Moore said many of the things he learned as a football manager applied as an assistant manager.

“Leadership positions manage people, so I think as coaches our No. 1 job is to manage people, to manage expectations,” Moore said.

Greenup County opens the 2022 season with home games against Fleming County on August 19 and Martin County on August 26. Moore said he wouldn’t think about the end of the season.

“I’m good at compartmentalizing things,” he said. “Whenever I’m on the pitch with the players, I’m 100% focused. I’m still a footballer at heart.

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