Matt Moore Named Offensive Line Coach
Jan. 24, 2013
Moore comes to Louisiana Tech after spending a year at Middle Tennessee State where the Blue Raiders went 8-4 and upset Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division Champion Georgia Tech. He brings a wealth of experience in the spread offense philosophy as he has coached it his entire career.
“I am very excited to have Matt Moore join our staff,” said Holtz. “He is an energetic, hungry coach with a strong spread offense background that will complement the rest of our offensive staff well.”
The Blue Raider offensive line finished the season second in the nation in fewest sacks allowed while Middle Tennessee was 46th nationally in rushing with three different 100-yard rushers. MTSU topped the 200-yard rushing mark in five of the team’s 12 games while Moore’s unit paved the way for true freshman Jordan Parker to set a school freshman rushing record of 851 yards on the year.
“I am really excited to join the Louisiana Tech Family,” Moore said. “This group may have lost four seniors from last year but we still return some athletes that I am really looking forward to working with. Coach Holtz’s enthusiasm and background, along with what this University and community has to offer, made this a wonderful opportunity for both myself and my family.”
A veteran at the high school and collegiate coaching ranks, Moore joined the Blue Raider staff after serving the previous five seasons as offensive line coach at Texas Tech.
Moore’s offensive line at Texas Tech in 2011 helped the Red Raiders to rank 7th nationally in passing (345.4), 13th in total offense (470.6), and 22nd in scoring (33.8).
In 2010, Moore’s relatively inexperienced unit allowed TTU to throw for 4,146 yards to rank 7th nationally and 15th in total offense while making a big improvement in the running game. The results ended in a TicketCity Bowl win over Northwestern.
In 2009, Moore faced his most difficult coaching task since joining the Red Raiders as he was forced to replace three starters on the line from 2008, including two All-Americans. His unit showed continuing improvement over the course of the season which culminated in an Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan State.
A better season couldn't have been scripted for Moore's offensive line in 2008 as three players earned All-America status, including Rylan Reed and Brandon Carter, who were named to the Walter Camp and AFCA first teams. Carter also was named to The Sporting News first team, while Louis Vasquez picked up AP third-team honors. Each also was named to various Big 12 All-Conference teams.
The offensive line proved to be the catalyst of the 2008 offensive unit, allowing a single sack per every 54 pass attempts, a number that led the nation. Additionally, the group paved the way for 28 rushing touchdowns, the second-most in school history and the most since the 1993 team tallied 30.
The Red Raiders picked up another NCAA passing title that season as Graham Harrell led an offense that accumulated 413.2 yards per game through the air. Harrell went on to win the Unitas Award and was fourth in Heisman voting at season's end.
Moore's unit turned in a successful season in 2007, allowing a slim 18 sacks in 763 pass attempts. The ratio of one sack per every 44 pass attempts led the country. Additionally, Vasquez and Reed showed discipline and poise as both were flagged only once each for holding calls. The duo also allowed only three sacks on the season.
Behind the protection of the offensive line, Texas Tech won its fifth NCAA passing title in the Mike Leach era in 2007. The Red Raiders averaged 470.3 yards per game through the air, and quarterback Graham Harrell led the nation in passing and won the Sammy Baugh Award as the country's top quarterback.
Moore went to Texas Tech with one year of collegiate coaching experience at Troy, where he helped lead the Trojans to an 8-5 season in 2006, including a New Orleans Bowl Championship over Rice.
Moore's stint on the collegiate level was preceded by successful runs as a coach at the high school level in Georgia and Alabama, where he quickly established himself as a top prep coach. During six seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Hoover (Ala.) High School, Moore helped lead the Buccaneers to three consecutive Class 6A titles and a 77-7 record.
He began his coaching career at Pickens (Ga.) High School in 1996 and continued at Hoover High School after two seasons. Moore served as head coach at North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School, before joining the staff at Troy.
A native of Canton, Ga., Moore played at Valdosta (Ga.) State, where Leach was the offensive coordinator. He started 34 games during the 1991-94 seasons at left guard and was a first-team All-Gulf South Conference selection as a senior.
Moore received his bachelor's degree from VSU in health and physical education. He and his wife, Kelly, have three daughters - Tanner, Reece and Sutton.
Moore’s hiring is pending approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
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