Iowa Metropolis Excessive Faculty’s new soccer coach, Mitch Moore, is able to revive this system

Moore took on longtime Little Hawk head coach Dan Sabers, who retired after 40 years with the program.

Jerod Ringwald

Iowa City High soccer coach Mitch Moore speaks in a huddle during Desmond King Football Camp at Iowa City High on Saturday, June 19, 2021. City High announced Moore as the new Little Hawks coach in November 2020.

The last time a Little Hawk head coach led the Iowa City High School football program was 20 years ago. Mitch Moore is now taking over to make the historically successful program known again.

The City High Football program hasn’t had a successful season since 2016. The program won its final Class 4A state championship in 2009.

The previous head coach Dan Sabers retired after the 2020/21 season. Sabers spent 40 years on the Little Hawk Football program and the last 20 years as the head coach of City High. In his final season with Iowa City High, Sabers went 2-5 in the shortened season.

Well, Moore thinks it is time to get the program back on track. It’s a challenge that he said excites him.

“I want to win a state championship this year,” said Moore. “I know a lot of people are afraid to say that or not to want to say that. But my goal, my expectation for this program is to win a national championship this year. I’ll never look these seniors in the eye and say, ‘Hey, three years from now, I think we can be a state championship program.

The City High position is Moore’s third stint as head coach.

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Prior to that, he was on the Iowa state coaching staff from 2013 to 2017, initially as a research assistant. In 2016 he was promoted to Director of Iowa High School Relations and Assistant Director of Scouting.

Moore took his first job as a head coach at Greene County High School in Jefferson, Iowa for the 2017-18 season.

Despite going 1-8 in his first season at Greene County, Moore led the Rams to an 8-2 record in 2018-19 and made it to the playoffs. In the 2018/19 season, Moore was named Class 2A District 9 Coach of the Year.

Moore took a step up in his second head coaching job at Class 4A Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa in 2019-20 – a program that hadn’t made the playoffs since 1996.

Moore led the Roughriders to a playoff appearance in his first 2019-20 season, ending with a 6-4 record.

So what’s Moore’s secret to creating programs quickly?

“I would tell each and every person, just the real relationships that I build with the kids and that our coaching staff builds with the kids,” said Moore. “I’d rather know what makes a kid tick, what makes a kid the best version of them, rather than teaching them how to run running back or quarterback power. I think it’s a lot more fascinating to me and we will get a lot more out of the child when we know we have a great relationship with them. “

Relationships can’t develop, everything is always easy, said Moore. Hence, struggle, sacrifice, and good communication with his athletes help him build his programs.

Moore has been guiding his athletes through summer training, and he said the seniors have a desire to change the narrative from their past seasons.

“We are an organized program and we are detailed and there is a lot of energy in our program,” said Moore. “And I think that’s the biggest thing I want to take away from people. That this is not just false enthusiasm, this is detailed energy. We like to say that we are organized chaos. And during training the chaos is organized so that we can play fast during a game, have fun, play loosely and attack the football on both sides of the ball. “

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