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David Moore, 20, is using his prep and college playing and officiating experience to coach the U14 Decatur Revolution soccer team. He is entering his third year as coach. The travel soccer program is looking for boys age under 14 for this year’s team. Tryouts are Saturday morning.
Former Decatur High soccer player teaching tricks and kicks to youngsters
By Ashley Hargrove
Coaching soccer probably wouldn’t have been the answer David Moore would have given if you would have asked him two years ago what his plans were after high school.
That has changed though, and now the 20-year-old Decatur High graduate is beginning his third year coaching the U14 boys Decatur Revolution team.
“I was really looking into playing college soccer,” Moore said. “After I injured my knee, it kind of slowed me down and kept me from playing in college. I still wanted to be involved with the sport so I started refereeing.”
Moore suffered a knee injury during the fall of his junior year that forced him to wear a leg brace his senior year because the injury didn’t heal properly. He credits Doug Mendenhall, spokesman for the Decatur Revolution club soccer program, for getting him involved in the coaching aspect of the game.
“Doug came to me one night after I had finished refereeing a game and asked if I would be interested in coaching,” Moore said. “I told him that I was, and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Moore began playing soccer at the age of 6 and played one year at the Boys and Girls Club before joining the Decatur Youth Soccer Organization. He later went on to play on one of the first Decatur Revolution teams.
“I just started playing a lot,” Moore said. “I played so much that I began to like it, and now it has become one of my favorite sports.”
Ken Gamble, whose son Jackson played with Moore in the club organization and in high school, says having someone like Moore coaching the youngsters is good for the community.
“David has played the game at a high level,” Gamble said. “He has the experience that most coaches don’t have and can demonstrate moves that the kids love to see. The best you could do a couple of years ago was have dads coaching. Most of them had experience but not the kind of experience that young coaches can give. It’s a big thing for the community.”
Moore admits that not only do the young players gain experience from playing club soccer, but it can be helpful down the road as well.
“Obviously, if you play for a club team it looks good on your resume,” Moore said. “The more players that play club ball, the more experience they gain, which makes for better high school teams. It helps the high school coaches not have to teach the basic fundamentals.”
Coaching isn’t the only thing that keeps Moore busy these days.
He is enrolled at The University of Alabama in Huntsville as a mechanical engineering major and also works at the information desk on campus.
“It’s more time consuming than anything,” Moore said. “I make my schedule to where I can come coach. The drive is what takes up the most time. I’m normally late, but they’re all used to it by now.”
Moore and the U14 boys Revolution team are holding tryouts Saturday at the Jack Allen Recreation Center from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and again Tuesday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Moore encourages anyone interested to come ready to play.
“I want to teach them the basics of soccer and further that so that they will be more skillful when they go out for their middle school and high school teams,” Moore said. “I plan to have a good year as well as have fun and learn.”
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