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York former junior varsity head baseball coach Brett Moore has some big shoes to fill.
After legendary York baseball coach Rusty Ingram announced his resignation in June, the Falcons were suddenly in the market for a varsity baseball coach for the first time in eight years.
A 2006 York alumnus and four-year college baseball player at Averett University in Danville, Moore has been tabbed as the next varsity baseball coach at York High School.
Moore, a special education teacher at York High, said he was surprised when Ingram told him he was stepping down as the head baseball coach.
“I knew it was coming to an end, but I was still surprised when he told me he was turning it down,” Moore said.
While surprised at the news, Moore knew this was the opportunity was looking for when he chose to return to York as the head junior varsity baseball coach straight out of college.
“I always came back to York knowing if [the head coaching position] came open I’d like to step in,” he said. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”
Moore, York’s junior varsity baseball coach for the past four years, led the Falcons junior varsity baseball team to a 13-4 record last season.
With four seasons of head coaching experience under his belt, including a familiarity with the young baseball players coming through York, Moore said he feels prepared to take the reins as the varsity baseball coach.
Following in the footsteps of Ingram is not a situation Moore takes lightly, especially in his first varsity head coaching gig. Instead of shaking things up, Moore hopes to maintain the status quo from what Ingram built at York.
Beyond producing great baseball players, Moore wants to also continue Ingram’s tradition of developing great people off the field.
“He’s instilled a very quality program at York High School and he has a lot of the same views as me,” Moore said. “If it’s not broke, don’t change it. I think we’ll continue on the right track as a successful program. I’ll instill a lot of things he instilled to the players and I’ll go along from there.”