CANTON–Winning is nothing new to first-year Massillon head coach Nate Moore.
He transformed the losing culture at Minster and transfused a winning culture there. His next stop was at Cincinnati LaSalle and fresh off a 3-7 season, he infused a winning culture into the Lancers that concluded with a Division II state title and a 14-1 record.
Now facing a schedule with teams that possessed a combined record of 75 wins out of a total 128 games and 12 playoff wins in 19 games played the previous season, Moore’s plan of attack for the Tigers in their third-year of competition in Division II is no different than that of when he was the head coach of his first two high schools.
He spoke tonight in front of a healthy crowd at the 36th St. Haralambos Football Coaches Dinner at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church.
“We want to play the best schedule year in and year out. We want to include a lot of playoff teams and that will allow us to go deep over the course of the season,” he said. “We have a lot of improving depth and two good quarterbacks. Our depth on the offensive line is deep and we have nine to 10 guys in the mix there. Defensively, we are striving to get better.”
The biggest asset to the 2015 Tigers this season according to Moore will be their character. That is something he prides his programs on and it just does not pertain to on the field success. He expects that to be displayed in the classroom and in society as well.
And it doesn’t just start and end in the state of Ohio.
“We want to instill character in these young men. We want these men to have character not only on the field in Stark County but also in the USA,” he said. “Character will set us up for success and we want to breed toughness. The players we have make me thank God everyday that I am a Tiger.”
Winning is nothing new to Massillon head coach Nate Moore. And the 2015 season will be a portent of that testimony to come.
Soaring Eagles: GlenOak coach Scott Garcia attested that his team will be mentally and physically prepared for competition this season largely in part to the competition that his Eagles have provided each other. With five offensive starters returning on offense compared to two defensive starters back, Garcia likes where his team will be headed over the course of the year. “We have had great competition in camp and that has made it tough for us coaches. And that’s a good thing,” he said. “We have a tough schedule and everyone is excited for the season.”
Consolidated Bulldogs: No one is excited for the upcoming season more than former Youngstown Ursuline boss Dan Reardon, who returned to Northeast Ohio from Denver, Colorado to assume the head coaching position at the consolidated McKinley High School. Reardon is excited to assume the challenge of returning the Bulldogs to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. “Currently, we have 98 kids so far through the top three grades. We have 55 freshmen in the program. We have competition at many levels right now and it is a tremendous situation right now,” he said. “I am excited to be coaching in the Federal League and this is a league in which you better show up to play or you will be beat. I learned this coaching at Warren Harding as an assistant. I am excited to be here at Canton McKinley.”
Sir Badre: After a three-year stint as Massillon’s offensive coordinator, Badre Bardawil returned to his alma mater St. Thomas Aquinas as the Knights head coach. This is his second head coaching job, going back to his first job at Claymont before becoming a coordinator under former Massillon head coach Jason Hall, who is now at Westlake. “We have eight offensive starters returning and six defensive starters returning. It will be a great challenge to coach here and it is something I take pride in. We want to represent Stark County the right way and with pride,” Bardawil said.
Date change: Massillon’s final scrimmage against Dover has been moved to August 20th with a 7 p.m. kickoff time inside Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. It will be the first time the Tornadoes return to Massillon since the 2005 season, a 34-0 loss to the Tigers in front of a sellout crowd in the first week of that season.
Memory Lane: Starting every Monday, on August 24th, Tiger Pit will chronicle the 15 weeks of the 2005 Massillon Tigers dynamic run to the Division I state championship game. The Tigers won a school-record 13 games that included a third regional title in five years and an appearance in the Division I state championship game for the first time since the 1982 season. August 24th will feature the Dover game all the way up to the state final against Cincinnati St. Xavier.