ROCKLAND, Maine — Woody Moore, the head football coach at Rockland District High School and the consolidated Oceanside High School of Rockland and Thomaston for the last six years, has stepped down from that post for career reasons.
Moore recently accepted a new job as fitness coordinator with Cianbro Corp. that he’ll begin in late March before assuming full-time duties in April.
“It’s a really great opportunity for me in my field of fitness,” said Moore, who with his wife and three young children plan to relocate to the Pittsfield area from Rockland where they have resided since 2001.
“The tough part is that myself and my family have been rooted in so many different things in the community, but at the end of the day when you weigh it all up, the stability of my family is the most important thing.”
Moore guided Rockland/Oceanside to a 19-31 record during his coaching tenure, including an LTC semifinal berth during his first season at Rockland in 2007.
Moore’s teams competed in Class C while at Rockland. When that school merged with neighboring Georges Valley of Thomaston two years ago to form Oceanside, the consolidated program was reclassified into Eastern Maine Class B.
Moore resigned as Oceanside’s head football coach last summer just before the start of preseason practices after he lost his full-time job as RSU 13 health coordinator due to budget cuts.
He subsequently returned to the coaching post just days before the team’s opening game of the season after learning that a federal grant had been approved that would allow him to retain a full-time job with the RSU in a similar health-related capacity.
That job soon fell through, and Moore had spent the last few months teach fitness classes and working with individual clients as a personal trainer before he landed his new job, which involves enhancing Cianbro’s employee wellness and healthy lifestyle programs.
“I needed to make a decision on whether I wanted to try and grow that (personal training) business or make a change,” said Moore, a Skowhegan native. “I chewed on that for a couple of weeks, but this opportunity came about and Cianbro was very accommodating,”
Oceanside finished 3-5 in the Pine Tree Conference Class B ranks last fall and is slated to compete in Western Maine Class B next season under the current four-class high school football proposal now making its way through Maine Principals’ Association committees.
“He and his family will be sorely missed by our school and our community,” said Oceanside athletic administrator Jim Leonard in an e-mail. “We wish them all the very best.”