BULLDOGS’ ASST. WANTS TO GIVE BACK AFTER BEING BLESSED
McHi assistant coach Donald Moore. Photo by TJ Garcia.
BY TJ GARCIA
McALLEN – As a kid, Donald Moore moved around a lot.
He moved so many times between the second and eighth grade he can’t exactly remember the number, but he estimates it was around 10 – sometimes staying at a school for just one semester – while living with his mom and his dad.
Changing addresses that many times is enough to make any assistant coach blush. But once Moore got settled in Weslaco in eighth grade, he stayed there until he graduated from high school.
It may have been the best thing that ever happened to him. He received good coaching, good guidance and good football scholarships that allowed him to play at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene and then Graceland University in Iowa.
Moore, 28, also stepped away from coaching for a few months in 2017 and played arena football with the Bismark Bucks in North Dakota. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Moore started on the offensive line. That’s a heck of summer job!
Coach’s Corner is an occasional www.sports504.com profile of a McAllen ISD assistant coach.
NAME: Donald Moore
SCHOOL: McAllen High
CURRENT JOB: Assistant football coach and assistant track coach
ALSO WORKED AT: Donna North, Houston Aldine Nimitz, and Weslaco East
PERSONAL: Engaged to Aleisha Cavazos
GRADUATED FROM: Weslaco East (2008) & Graceland University, Iowa (2012)
IN HIGH SCHOOL: All-District offensive lineman, No. 61
ESTIMATED HOURS WORKED PER WEEK: 75-80 during football season
WHY HE GOT INTO COACHING: “Oh, that’s easy. I was fortunate enough to have coaches, from the time I started ball at the age of eight all the way through my collegiate career, in my life that cared about me. They played a huge role in my life. It was a no brainer. They gave me so much that once I received my education, I knew this was my calling. It was my time to give back.”
MENTOR: Former Weslaco East coach Armando Cuellar and staff, former Hardin-Simmons coach Jimmie Keeling
LOVES MCHI BECAUSE: “I was blown away from my first day here because our student athletes have allowed me to coach them. They were very welcoming from the get go. They have allowed me to coach how I know how. That was very exciting to see.”