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Hoops: Centennial hires Moore to lead boys program

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Jeremy Moore

Jeremy Moore 

Centennial High School has tapped a familiar face to lead the boys basketball program. The school announced the hiring of Jeremy Moore, a former Independence boys hoops coach, on Wednesday. 

Moore has coached at LaVergne High School in Rutherford County the past seven seasons where he also served as athletic director. He coached at Independence for three seasons beginning in 2009. 

“This is a great district to be a part of,” Moore said. “I’m excited to get rolling, though I do feel a little bit behind the eight ball in regards to the timing standpoint. We’re in a new time now, but I feel just about every coach in America is feeling similar and I’ll just try to hit the ground running.”

Moore replaces Tyler Hickman, who left after one season for a coaching position and administrative role at Clarksville Academy. 

“We have some talent here,” Moore said of the Cougars. “I understand that change is hard on everybody … and for some of these kids, it will be their third coach in three years. We’ll be sensitive to that.

“I don’t want these kids to trust me just because I’m standing in front of them, I want to earn it. We will give them stability with consistent effort on and off the floor.”

Centennial went 16-12 last season with a 9-7 mark in District 11-AAA.

Moore has compiled a 112-73 record at LaVergne over the past seven seasons. He served as boys head coach at the school from 2006-08 as well and produced a 52-11 mark in that stint while being named the 2008 District 9-AAA Coach of the Year. After one season as an assistant coach at Mt. Juliet the following season, Moore took over as head coach for the Independence boys in Thompson’s Station where he went 62-30 in three seasons.

Moore said he’ll be taking over a “good foundation” at Centennial, which includes a pair of rising seniors in Patrick Garrett – an All-District selection – and post player Ben Brown along with a large group of underclassmen.

“We will do everything in our power to help them reach their goals,” Moore said.

Moore will also teach history at the Franklin school. He’s a 1998 graduate of Lincoln County High School, where he played both baseball and basketball for the Falcons before taking to the diamond at Columbia State. Moore gained his bachelor's degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his master's at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

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