The feeling of home and strong relationships built at the school is something that ultimately help draw coaching legend Carmon Moore to the Hawks.
Anyone who has been on the Hannan campus quickly gets the feeling of being at home. The administration, faculty, students, coaches and athletes are all a part of one big family. The strong relationships built at the school is something that ultimately help draw coaching legend Carmon Moore to the Hawks. Moore was hired to take over the girls' basketball program and to assist offensive coordinator Steve Soper with the Hannan Hawk football team.
"The relationship with the kids is something special. Being in the business for as long as I have, the wins and losses kind of run together after a while," Moore said, "but the relationships that you have with your players, when you see a kid that you taught 10, 15 or even 25 years ago and they come up and give you a hug and tell you that they love you, you can't put a price tag on that. I enjoy seeing my players. I hope I can have the same thing here because there are some great kids here."
Having coached basketball and football for the 27 years at Hammond before stops at Bowling Green and most recently Northlake Christian, Moore brings a wealth of experience to the Hannan coaching staff. Moore said he was tremendously impressed with Scott Wattigny during his opening months on staff, even saying Wattigny reminded Moore of himself in his younger days.
"I had a chance to speak with coach Wattingy and watch them work out and I really thought that his program is one that is designed to give our kids the best chance to win a state championship and build our program on a year-to-year basis," Moore said, "I wanted to be part of that. We have a great coaching staff and fantastic parental support. I have not been disappointed because the kids are awesome."
Moore said he tried retiring, but after some time fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandkids, he realized his passion was still coaching. "It's what I love to do," Moore said. The veteran coach said he is committed to learning the game, even after 30-plus years coaching, and still has the drive to become a better coach. Moore will also be coaching the eighth grade football team.
"I think I made a good decision. I've had the opportunity to coach at some great places. I coached at Hammond High for 27 years, had three great years at Bowling Green in Fanklinton and then most recently three years at Northlake Christian," Moore said, "This is just a different opportunity for me to learn the game. I'll remain a student of the game for as long as I'm in it and if I think that I'm not watching football like I should and I'm not learning from it then it would be time to go in a different direction."