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Appalachian State’s Jerry Moore shares his heart with Wingate coaches and student-athletes

Wingate, N.C.—-Appalachian State University football coach legend Jerry Moore shared his heart with Wingate University coaches and student-athletes during a Monday morning breakfast in the LaVerne Banquet Hall. The event was sponsored by Wingate’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, in conjunction with Lakeview Baptist Church in Monroe.The winningest coach in ASU and Southern Conference history, Moore compiled a 215-87 record in his 24 seasons at Appalachian State (1989-2012), including 10 SoCon championships, 18 post-season appearances and an unprecedented three straight NCAA Division I FCS/I-AA national titles (2005-07).

“One of the biggest spiritual influences in my life is my wife Margaret,” Moore says. “She works tirelessly behind the scenes to help me, including her leadership of a Bible study for players’ girlfriends while we were serving at Appalachian State.” Moore credits his wife of 54 years with helping him establish balance between life and work.

wingate logoMoore shared many FCA memories, including his first FCA conference in Estes Park, Colo. He remembers University of Oklahoma head coach Bud Wilkinson sharing four important points with him. “Coach Wilkinson said 1) …know what you want to do; 2) …work harder than your players; 3) …be fair; and 4) …utilize discipline 100 percent of the time,” Moore says.

“The most important thing about coaching…is letting your players know someone cares about them,” Moore says. “I’ve never forgotten my coaches from high school…and how they helped me on my journey.”

During a question-and-answer time, Moore was asked about Appalachian State’s Sept. 1, 2007 victory over the University of Michigan. “Our pre-game devotion was based on 2 Samuel 23:16,” Moore remembers. “The story about guarding your bean patch…I cannot count the number of times players and coaches have mentioned the impact of these words.”

Moore believes the ASU-Michigan game taught the Mountaineers many lessons. “We should always give God our best,” Moore says. “It will always be good enough if we give Him our very best.”

Moore credits the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for shaping his life. “If it hadn’t had been for the FCA, I don’t know where I’d be (today),” Moore says. “As we travel this road of life, it is important we make ourselves available for others. FCA is like a domino effect for me…so many positive things have happened to me…because of FCA. I am deeply indebted.”