North Gwinnett baseball coach Ryan Moity
THE MOITY FILE
Name: Ryan Moity
New position: Head baseball coach at North Gwinnett
Former position: Assistant baseball coach at North Gwinnett
Career record: First head coaching job
Education: Graduated from Archbishop Hannan (La.) High School in 1999; graduated from Loyola University (La.) with a degree in English literature and writing in 2004
Background: Coached for two seasons at Archbishop Hannan before moving after Hurricane Katrina; Was an assistant baseball coach at Duluth from 2007-09; has coached at North the last four years, serving as a varsity assistant in baseball; also has worked with the Bulldogs' football team for four seasons, the first two as ninth-grade offensive coordinator and varsity assistant and the past two on administrative and film work; two-time All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference centerfielder for Loyola, where he holds several school records, including consecutive games played (206); named to school's 25th anniversary team and to its all-decade team for the 2000s; sister teaches at North and brother-in-law is Lanier baseball coach Chad Longe
Family: Wife Rachel; Addyson, 5; son Brayden, 3
A fixture around North Gwinnett for the past four years, Ryan Moity earned a promotion for his fifth.
The 32-year-old was announced Thursday morning as the Bulldogs' new head baseball coach, moving up the ranks after assisting Frank Vashaw for the previous four seasons. He inherits a program that went to the state playoffs all eight seasons under Vashaw, who resigned last month.
Moity, who also has helped the past four years with North's football program, will be introduced to the community June 25 at a meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. in the high school's commons area.
"I'm extremely excited," Moity said. "Just to have the opportunity to be a head baseball coach in this county right now, it's a great opportunity. It's going to be a great challenge. To be able to work at a school of this stature is great. Everybody knows what North stands for academically and athletically, so to be put in a leadership role here is exciting. It's exciting to be able to work with the kids and the people around here. I couldn't ask for a better place."
Moity has made a big impact at North since moving there from Duluth, where he was an assistant coach from 2007-09. He worked predominantly with Bulldog hitters and outfielders, in addition to working heavily with North's field maintenance, a combination that earned him the Georgia Dugout Club Assistant Coach of the Year Award back in January.
A New Orleans native, Moity coached at his own high school, Archbishop Hannan in New Orleans, for two seasons before being hired at Duluth. He played baseball at Loyola University (La.), where he holds several school records and was named to the program's 25th anniversary team and all-decade team for the 2000s.
"(Moity) came to us after Hurricane Katrina through Duluth and he's set up his home here," North athletic and activities director Grady York said. "His family lives here. His sister lives here. We're excited about bringing on one of our own and choosing him to lead us."
Moity and his wife Rachel have two young children, and his connection to the area also includes his sister Colleen Longe, who teaches language arts at North and also is the yearbook advisor. She is married to Lanier baseball coach Chad Longe, so Moity may have some games in the future against his brother-in-law's team.
The good news for Moity is there won't be too many unfamiliar situations for him, having spent plenty of time in Gwinnett and in games vs. Region 7-AAAAAA teams.
"I have relationships with a lot of coaches around here and familiarity with our opponents around here," Moity said. "I also have familiarity with the kids around here. I know a lot of people in the community. It gives me a bit of a head start. It allows us to get going a little quicker than normal (with a new coach)."
There was a time when Moity assumed his future was in New Orleans. Instead he found a home in Gwinnett close to a decade ago, and now he has a coveted head coaching job here.
"At time (we moved from New Orleans), it was just my wife and I, with no kids yet," Moity said. "We both really liked a couple of areas. We went to Chicago. She has relatives there and we both really like that city. I actually proposed to her in center field at Wrigley (Field). We went there to look. We went to Houston. I have family there. The area north of Houston is similar to here. But once we visited here, we didn't think about anywhere else. What drew us here is the education system in Gwinnett and Suwanee. What this area means for children, everything that suits us as a family is right here. It's just a great place to raise kids.
"I feel extremely lucky and extremely blessed. In a sense, the hurricane, at the time I didn't realize it, was a blessing in disguise. To have an opportunity like this at a relatively early age is a blessing."