North Gwinnett has sent a handful of football players into the college ranks in recent years, but the school also has become a coaching pipeline.
North head football coach Matt Moore announced his resignation on Friday, accepting an offer to become an offensive line coach at the college level. He leaves the Bulldogs after just one season, just like his predecessor, Dennis Roland. Roland is now the head football coach at Division I-AA Southeastern Louisiana.
Moore didn't want to divulge his coaching destination, which will become public at a Monday press conference, but he confirmed it is with a Division I-A school in the Southeast. The coach told North's players and parents on Friday about taking a new job, but kept the college a secret. The only person who knows the specifics of his new job is North principal John Green.
"Coming out of college I always wanted to be a college coach, but I got my start at the high school level," Moore said. "For four years (as a high school coach) at Hoover (Ala.) I chased it every year, trying to get my foot in the door with a college. Two years ago I decided, this ain't gonna work. So I decided to be the best high school coach I could be and pretty much gave up on (college).
"I wasn't seeking anything out. Then a chance like this comes up out of the blue and it was one of those things that was too good to turn down."
Moore led North to a 7-4 record this past season, his first at the school as a replacement for Roland, who had a 9-3 record in 2004, his only season with the Bulldogs. Moore's exit leaves North looking for what will be its fourth coach in four years, and North athletic director Chris Culpepper said the search will begin immediately.
"We're hiring good people, that's the way we feel about it," Culpepper said of losing his head football coach to a college for the second straight year. "We hope the next one is just as good. We just hope no one hires him away.
"We understand this was a great opportunity for (Moore). It's the best move for him and his family. We wish him well."
Moore was the offensive coordinator at Hoover (Ala.) before taking the North job and helped the Alabama power to four state titles in five seasons. He played offensive guard at Valdosta State under pass-happy coach Hal Mumme, and he and Roland used the same offense the past two seasons at North.
"What I'll miss most at North is the people, the community and the kids," Moore said.
"I felt like it was such a warm place to be. The community was so great to me. They welcomed me and my family with open arms."