Jim Moore didn’t have to go far for his next job.
The former Oregon volleyball coach, who resigned in March after a record-setting career with the Ducks, is the new coach at Churchill High. His wife, former Oregon assistant coach Stacy Metro, is expected be on the Lancers’ staff as well.
“We were approached and asked if we would be interested in doing that because they had an opening,” Moore said Friday before leaving to meet with his new team for the first time. “It’s what we do.”
Moore’s career at Oregon ended after some former players accused both he and Metro of mistreatment, accusations many players, and the coaches themselves, said were untrue.
Still, the school chose to cut ties with Moore after 12 seasons, which included 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, a program-record 242 wins and a spot in the national title match in 2012.
Now, after 28 years coaching at the collegiate level, Moore is returning to the high school ranks, where he coached for nine years at two schools in southern California before taking his first college job at Northern Michigan in 1989. He won a state title while at Rim of the World High in Lake Arrowhead in 1981.
“We’re staying here and we thought we could help,” Moore said. “And it’ll be an opportunity to show that we take care of kids.”
Metro was also let go as an assistant at Oregon but was reassigned within the athletic department and has a contract through January.
Moore’s and Metro’s youngest son Michael is finishing his senior year at Churchill and was a starter on the Lancers’ baseball team that won the Class 5A state title last weekend.
Churchill’s volleyball team went 13-9 last season, losing in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. They also finished second in the Midwestern League with an 11-3 record under coach Brian Wodke, who left after one year on the job. The Lancers did lose several seniors, including first-team all-league outside hitters Sierra Sharma and McKenna Wooley.
“I know the kids that are on there and we’ve basically seen every team in Eugene play,” Moore said. “It’s going to be fun.”
Churchill athletic director Kelly Bokn said the idea to offer Moore a job was first presented by his wife after she saw Moore at Lancer baseball games this spring.
“I think it’s a pretty unique opportunity for us,” Bokn said. “Jim obviously has an incredible resume and experience with coaching at several different levels. ... I’m obviously aware that his departure at the University of Oregon wasn’t a ticker-tape parade. But I was just really genuinely impressed with his reasons for wanting to kind of give back to his community and to our school by coaching kids at Churchill and I think it’s pretty neat that he’s willing to do that.”
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