Seguin and Navarro have a couple of career coaches to replace, after Jamie and Justin Moore made a decision for their family.
Jamie, the head coach of Seguin’s girls basketball team for this past season, is headed to New Braunfels High School to take over for longtime coach Lance Hughey.
“We really weren’t looking to leave, we were both very happy with where we were at,” Jamie said. “I was happy with the progress we were making with girls basketball at Seguin and was planning on sticking it out and seeing that process through.”
Jamie interviewed for the job at New Braunfels about four weeks ago and was offered the position shortly thereafter.
Heading up the Lady Matador’s was Jamie’s eighth year to coach, having come to Seguin from Clifton High School near Waco.
Justin was the head coach of Navarro’s boys team last season, also his first season with the Panthers.
With their first child on the way, expected in August, the pair made a decision — Jamie would continue to coach, while Justin is taking a job as a construction manager for area home builder Perry Homes.
“We had to start thinking about that (the new family) first,” Jamie said. “We felt like the decisions we made were best for our family.”
The job offer for Jamie, and the subsequent job offer for Justin, happened very quickly, they said.
“It was kind of spur of the moment, with everything going on with my wife’s situation and trying to figure out what was best for the family and our soon-to-be-born son,” Justin said. “It was a very tough decision, a lot of emotional nights, but we talked about it with friends and family, people in the business, and we felt like this was what God was leading us to.”
When Jamie got the job at New Braunfels, they discussed Justin continuing to coach at Navarro, but he got the call about the opening with Perry about the same time.
“He was very happy at Navarro and we felt like we could make it work,” Jamie said. “But when the other opportunity came along we felt like that was best.”
Both of them coaching the same sport would have meant a lot of nights that neither would be home.
“In the busy season of basketball, I can be home with the kids when she’s got games,” Justin said. “Jamie loves coaching. We had discussions about her stepping down, maybe work part-time as an assistant. But to see her not be able to do it, I said we weren’t going to do that. Happy wife, happy life, right?”
“I couldn’t ask for a better husband,” Jamie said. “There’s not a lot of spouses that would do that — give up something they love to let their spouse pursue their passion — so I’m blessed to have him.”
Justin came to Navarro from Early High School, a 3A school west of Stephenville, where he had been the head basketball coach, as well as assisting with football and track, for three years. He had six years of education and coaching after last season.
“We had a very young program at Early, so we were rebuilding,” Justin said. “But I saw that they had made the playoffs again last year with my assistant, who took over after I had left, so I was happy for them.”
Jamie saw a lot of improvement from the Lady Matadors last season.
“We had a lot of work to do when I first got there,” Jamie said. “Simply because my style of coaching and play was different from what they were used to. We felt like the girls were buying in, they were playing very hard for us and trusting us with what we were trying to do.”
Jamie said she is looking forward to the new challenge at New Braunfels and has already begun with offseason workouts for the Unicorns.
“I told them I thought with my coaching style and the type of athletes they have there that it would mesh really well,” Jamie said. “They are in a very tough district, kind of like we were in Seguin, there’s some big-time players. It’s going to be tough, but I’m really excited about what we’re going to do here.”
Justin is going to miss the kids and the atmosphere at Navarro, he said.
“Navarro was great,” he said. “From the administration on down, everybody wants you there, everybody is welcoming, and everybody is gung-ho about Navarro.”
“That’s why it’s so hard to leave, you couldn’t ask for a better situation as an educator and coach. I fought back tears when I was telling coach Blount that I was stepping down from education — it was a very emotional time for me and took me a couple of weeks to get over it.”
Along with missing the school, he’s going to miss the opportunity to coach.
“I’ll miss the kids and building those relationships,” Justin said. “You’re hoping that you’ve done your job, not only preparing them for a season or a sport, but preparing them for life outside of sports. Are they going to be successful, will they be good husbands and wives, be providers for their family and be a positive, productive citizen? Those are the things I’m going to miss the most.”
Kevin Duke is the sports editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.