MOREHEAD – Former Morehead State University defensive standout Zack Moore has been promoted to defensive coordinator for the MSU football program.
Moore, who is in his second stint on the MSU coaching staff, led the Eagle linebackers in 2015. MSU decreased its points allowed by 18 compared to 2014 (which was better than any FBS team), and linebacker Ryan Bennett led the team with 96 total stops.
“Zack loves MSU, he cares about our players, and he understands what it takes for us to be successful,” said Head Coach Rob Tenyer. “Zack has coached or played every position on defense. His experience is what gravitated me to promote him to defensive coordinator. He knows we must be better against the run, and he and the rest of the defensive staff looks forward to the challenge. He has a great plan, and I know that we will be well-prepared and play with a tough mentality on defense.”
Following a two-year playing career at MSU in 1997 and 1998, Moore joined the staff in 1999 as a defensive line coach. He also coached defensive backs, linebackers and wide receivers in his first stint.
He served as the program’s recruiting coordinator from 2002-06 before accepting a coaching position at Kentucky Christian, where he served as the program’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2007-08 and head coach from 2009-10. He was the head coach at East Carter High School in Grayson, from 2011-14.
Tenyer and Moore served on the same Morehead State staffs from 2001-06.
As a player, Moore led Morehead State in 1997 with 76 total tackles, including 64 solo stops. He was named a Football Gazette (FG) Division I-AA Independent All-Star. Moore collected 50 total tackles as a senior in 1998.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., he attended Tennessee and Walters State Community College before enrolling at Morehead State.
Moore coached the MSU defensive backs from 2004-06, mentoring Football Gazette and Sports Network (SN) Mid-Major All-Americans Charles Byrd, David Hyland and Kwesi Williams. He led the Eagle linebackers in 2002, helping Craig Unger become a FG and SN First-Team Mid-Major All-American.
Moore guided the wide receivers in 2001. Toby Moeves earned FG and SN Mid-Major All-America accolades. He began his coaching career as the defensive ends coach in 1999 and 2000.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in university studies from Morehead State in 1999 and received master’s degrees from MSU in sports administration (2003) and health and physical education (2014).
Moore’s father, Alan, was a member of the MSU football squad in the 1970s. His wife, Kelley, is a two-time MSU graduate. Moore and his wife have three daughters, Mackenzie, Maci and Madelyn.