Coaches come and coaches go.
Subiaco Academy’s Steven Moore and Paris’ Bryan Hutson are two good examples of the reasons why.
Moore is a graduate of Louisiana State and a native of Louisiana but found himself in Logan County after accepting the head coaching position at Subiaco Academy, a Catholic monastery and private university preparatory school.
He knows Subiaco Academy was winless last year and scored a grand total of six touchdowns all season.
“First of all, kids aren’t coming to Subiaco to sign D-I athletic offers; academically, yes, athletically, no,” Moore said. “We do have a strong academic standing in the state. I believe in that.”
Subiaco Academy has a 100 percent college placement rate.
“Almost a quarter of our students are international students,” Moore said. “Most of those kids think football is soccer. Those kids coming in for academics aren’t coming here for football. Our pool is a very small pool. We have to get everybody that’s swimming in our pool to come out for football.”
It’s not the first time Moore has taken over a winless team. Drew Central had lost 42 straight games when Moore took over the program in 2014. Drew Central went 0-10 that season but broke through with two wins the next season.
That was his second stint in Arkansas after coaching at Quitman. When he left the state of Louisiana for Quitman in 2012, it set in motion the wheels that took him and his family to Subiaco Academy in June.
“I’ve had a deal with my son when we moved to Arkansas the first time because he was leaving his friends,” Moore said. “I made a deal with him, until you go to high school, you go where football takes us. When you get to high school, you tell us where you want to go.”
His son applied at Subiaco Academy and had to take a shadow day, where perspective students and their parents tour the campus, shadow students and meet members of the administration and faculty.
“We were at my wife’s grandmother’s funeral, and he was talking to a member from Christ the King in Little Rock,” Moore said. “He said he applied to Subiaco, and we had to take a shadow day. When we came for the shadow day, we fell in love with the place.”
Moore didn’t even know that the Trojans were looking for a head coach.
“When we came for shadow day, we weren’t aware they were looking to open the position up,” Moore said. “When we were here, they asked me to keep an eye on things that there might be some movement pretty soon. When they opened the job, we applied and a week later they asked me to come in for an interview. Subiaco fills all of our boxes.”
Now, Moore is the head football coach and his son is a freshman on the team.
“The No. 1 thing, we wanted this area,” Moore said. “We wanted some place where we could grow in our faith. We wanted somewhere that would challenge the kids academically. We wanted some place close to family, and my wife’s family is from Conway. Right about the same time as the funeral, we found out my father-in-law has cancer. It’s a blessing to get to this area and where we’re at. That’s what brings a guy from northeast Louisiana here.”
At Paris, just seven miles away up Highway 22, Hutson is returning to coaching.
He left coaching the Eagles two years ago to become the high school principal. Going into administration is a natural progression for a lot of coaches. Few return to the long hours and long bus rides of coaching once they leave it.
When Marc Tucker left after two years, Paris administration approached Hutson about returning to his former position.
“It was something that I thought was the best for the kids,” Hutson said. “It was a chance to get back in and do something that I love. It was something that was best for everybody involved.”
It wasn’t necessarily an easy decision. Hutson wasn’t really looking to get back into coaching.
“I missed it,” Hutson said. “There were some things that I didn’t miss. There are some long, long hours some of the time. I didn’t miss that.”
He quenched his thirst by helping out in the pressbox, but he was pretty settled as a high school principal and returned to coach the Eagles only after serious thought.
“I liked what I was doing as far as the principal,” Hutson said. “I’m doing it for all the right reasons.”