Donald Clark and Darin Moore find themselves on opposite ends of the football coaching spectrum.
Clark, the coach at Glen Oaks the past three seasons, was informed Tuesday that the Class 3A school will seek a new head football coach. Clark remains at the school as track coach.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Moore began work this week as football coach and athletic director at Class 1A False River Academy in New Roads.
“I met with Mr. (Edward) Hunter (GOHS principal) on Tuesday, and he told me they (administration) wanted to move in a different direction,” Clark said. “I’ve been around for a while and been through situations like this before. It’s understandable.
“You go in with your sleeves rolled up with the intention to achieve certain goals. And when that doesn’t happen, things change. I do appreciate the support I received from the administration and the relationships built with the players. I do believe there were victories that don’t show up on the scoreboard. I’ll cherish those.”
Clark compiled a 4-26 record in three seasons, including a 1-9 record last fall. The Panthers’ lone win was over Broadmoor. GOHS lost by less than 14 points in three other games. Clark was previously the coach at Lee.
Moore becomes one of the state’s youngest head coaches. The former Ponchatoula High and Louisiana College offensive lineman spent last fall as the offensive coordinator at Class 2A Christian Life.
Before that, Moore had single-season stints as a graduate assistant at Louisiana College and Arkansas-based Hendrix College.
False River finished 3-7 last fall.
“I saw the False River ad for a head coach on the LHSAA website and decided to take a chance,” Moore said. “I honestly didn’t think they’d hire me because of my age. I think this is a school with some good kids that deserve a stable program. I’ll be the fourth head coach in four years for the seniors, and I know there may be some trust issues. I look forward to building something with the players here.
“Probably the toughest thing for me was leaving CLA. I really think coach (Ben) Palmer is going to do some incredible things.
“I’ve always wanted to be a head coach, and I’m excited about this opportunity.”