Tim Moore Back Home Again As South Pittsburg Football Coach

Former Prep Great Was Standout In 1978 Before Going To Vanderbilt

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - by John Hunt

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. -- All the folks in this small town take their football seriously.  If you ever wanted to rob a bank here, Friday night would be a good choice because everyone goes to Beene Stadium to watch the hometown Pirates.

Next to religion, South Pittsburg football ranks real high on the priority list.

The Pirates have built quite a reputation for their football success in recent years.  Going to the playoffs is just an extention of the regular season and the Pirates have captured five state titles since 1969, the last in 2010.

A playoff record of 64-25 just proves how successful they've been on the football field.

The late Don Grider was the coach for the Pirates for many years while his son Vic followed in his footsteps and won 169 games while losing just 40.

The younger Grider decided to step down as the head coach following 2012.  They named a replacement earlier this year, but things didn't work out and the new coach resigned shortly after taking the job.

That was like a blessing in disguise for former South Pittsburg star Tim Moore.

Moore was an All-State lineman for the Pirates before graduating in 1978.  He then headed to Vanderbilt where he played for Fred Pancoast and later George McIntyre.

Since that time, Moore has coached in college for nine years and he spent seven years as the head coach at Battle Ground Academy.  Last year, he was the defensive coordinator at LaVergne High School.

And now the 53-year-old husband of Kim and father of two grown children named Katie and Connor has made the full circle as he returns as head coach for the school where he starred as a teenager.

"It's exciting to come back and see people I've known from years ago," Moore said before practice earlier this week.

"I didn't even know the position was open the first time and I missed the deadline to apply.  When the job became available again, I applied and now I have the job.

"So far, it's been an adjustment period for me and the players as we're still getting to know each other, but I can promise you they couldn't find anyone for this job who loves South Pittsburg any more than I do.  We have a lot of talent on this team with 12 of our 38 players being seniors.

"They know what it takes to win.  It's my job to make sure they're prepared every Friday night.  Those 12 who are seniors were freshmen on their last state championship team.  Even though they probably didn't play much then, they know what it took to get there," the stout 6-3, 295-pound Moore said matter of factly.

"We just want to represent our school and this community well.  We have enough experience on the team to be good, but we're ready to play somebody.  We've done all the scrimmages and all the jamboree stuff, but we're ready to play a game for real to see what happens.

"My goal for this year is for us to be as successful as we can be.  To be able to play as long as we can and go as far as we can.  If we can do that, I'll be happy," he continued.

The Pirates will be on the road Friday night for a game at Bell County, Kentucky.  They return for their home opener next Friday against the Hixson Wildcats.

South Pittsburg is picked atop the District 6-A standings along side arch-rival and neighboring Marion County.  These two teams used to open the season against each other, but this year's battle will take place in Jasper on November 1, the final week of the regular season.

"That's always been a big game for South Pittsburg.  And now that we're in the same district, it makes it even bigger and more significant," Moore reflected.

Kitt Grider is a junior who has earned the job of starting quarterback, Grider, no kin to the former coach, started at North Jackson for the past two years before transferring to South Pittsburg.

Moore is looking for positive production from guys like JaJuan Langford and Kahlil Mitchell, a pair of seniors who'll get plenty of chances at halfback and fullback.  Junior Corbin Fitzgerald will also get a chance to help out and may even play quarterback at times.

The Pirates have the manpower to be a force once again.  And now that a former Pirate is back on the sideline as the head coach, there's a positive buzz all around town.

"It's good to be back in the role of head coach and for it to be here at the school where I played makes it even more special.  The stadium has changed a little bit, but the field is still the same.  It's still the same ground where I played my high school football," the new coach concluded.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


Dalton State Volleyball Defeats Reinhardt 3-0

Dalton State                 25    25    25  - 3 Reinhardt University   19    18    20  - 0 The Dalton State volleyball team defeated visiting Reinhardt in straight sets Thursday night on Coach O Court at B. J. Bandy ... (click for more)

Running A Lifesaver For Ryan Shrum

This isn’t your typical running feature story. We all know that every runner has a story.   Some are more interesting and amazing than others, but everyone has a different take on what running means to them and how it has impacted his or her own life. Such is the case with Ryan Shrum. Ryan has lived in Chattanooga since 1982 after spending his childhood in Indiana. ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

Cold, Wet Front To Make For Chilly And Damp Trick Or Treating; Snow Showers Possible Saturday

A surge of cold, moist air will make for less-than-ideal trick or treat conditions on Halloween night. Temperatures are expected to dip below freezing this weekend. There is a possibility of snow showers in Chattanooga on Saturday. Here is the latest forecast: Today Showers likely, mainly after 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Calm wind becoming northwest ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)