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DECATUR – Lawrence “Moe” Dampeer was welcomed by prospective parents, players, and family members during a meet-and-greet event at Eisenhower High School on Wednesday when he was on the Decatur Public Schools Board of. as the Panthers’ new soccer coach was unveiled during the board meeting on Tuesday.

“I want to thank God for focusing my life and giving me this opportunity. I’ve seen my father, Marv Dampeer, train me since I was in fourth grade and he was my role model, ”said Moe Dampeer. “That’s how I wanted to be and that’s what I’m trying to be for the players at Eisenhower.”



Moe Dampeer (center) will be introduced as Eisenhower’s new soccer coach on Wednesday.


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Dampeer takes over the Panthers program after Steve Thompson stepped down as head coach after two seasons in April. Eisenhower’s football season has been canceled for the spring 2021 season due to low attendance and the team has a record of 1-26 over the past three seasons. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, the Panthers competed in the playoffs one after the other.

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Dampeer graduated from MacArthur High School in 2003, received the U.S. Army’s All-American Awards, and was rated the country’s # 1 Defensive Lineman by ESPN. Dampeer played on NCAA runners-up teams at the University of Oklahoma in 2004 and 2005. He finished his college career in Northwest Missouri State, where his team graduated from 2008 NCAA DII runners-up.

“We are delighted that Coach Dampeer is heading our football program,” said Eisenhower Sports Director Tim Gould. “As a respected member of the Decatur community, we look forward to him building positive and life changing relationships with the EHS student athletes. Moe’s experience leading Decatur’s youth will help our program grow in number and excitement as our student athletes win the day. ”

Dampeer is not only a co-owner of the Illinois Warriors Elite AAU basketball organization, but is also actively involved in Decatur JFL. Most recently, Dampeer was the defensive line coach of an undefeated St. Teresa High School in the spring 2021 season.

“I think the year in St. Teresa prepared me well. Coach Mark Ramsey and Britt Miller taught me a lot of good things and put me in a situation where I could be successful. We bring a winning stance where we don’t accept losses, ”said Dampeer. “If you go in there (at St. T) there is a different set of traditions and that tradition we will try to build up here.”

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Moe Dampeer (center) will be introduced as Eisenhower’s new soccer coach on Wednesday.


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Dampeer and Gould have already met to develop plans to attract players and rebuild the program. Gould said the remaining coaching staff will be recruited over the next few weeks.

“Me and sporting director Gould talked about it, and we had a two-hour meeting yesterday to get the kids out. Today’s event is important so that people know who is the head of the program and who is interested, ”said Dampeer. “We have to post this on social media and knock on some doors. Hand out a few flyers and we’ll have events where people can meet me and the rest of the coaching staff. “

Although he has focused on defensive coaching, Dampeer is comfortable overseeing both sides of the ball and he will be looking for the best candidates to fill his coaching staff.

“If you go to Oklahoma, you learn the whole game of football, you don’t just learn defense. So I studied offensive and can also run offensive. I feel like I’m well rounded and can train in any position, ”he said. “I’ll take anyone with me who has the right knowledge and who thinks Sports Director Gould and (Eisenhower Director Amy Zahm) are the best for this program.”

Zahm made some introductory remarks about the event and noted Dampeer’s influence in the community during his active days at MacArthur.

“In 2003 someone wrote a letter to the editor (of Herald & Review) that Moe was representing Decatur, and I really believe so,” she said. “He’s for all students and he wants all students to be successful and that was one of the driving forces behind his hiring for me. I know what Eisenhower needs and enjoy his positive attitude and his commitment to all students. “

Dampeer was surrounded by his family on the Eisenhower auditorium stage on Wednesday and it’s that kind of atmosphere he wants to bring to the Panthers.

“Yes, I’m from MacArthur, but if you know me you will know I grew up on the south side of Decatur on Cleveland St. I have the south side in my heart, ”said Dampeer. “We bring the family environment to school. I am not your coach and you are my player. We are a family. We’re all on the same playing field. It’s not necessarily about victories and defeats. It’s about making you better young men.

“I was the same child as you and nobody really believed in me except my father, my mother and my sisters. Look what happened, I got to play soccer on national television. This could be you too. You don’t start here, you stop here. “

PHOTOS: MacArthur Football great and new Eisenhower coach Lawrence “Moe” Dampeer over the years

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Moe Dampeer, who graduated from MacArthur in 2002, is a participant in the final Decatur Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame class.


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Moe Dampeer Basketball November 29, 2002

Moe Dampeer Basketball November 29, 2002

Moe Dampeer Basketball Photo November 29, 2002

Moe Dampeer Basketball Photo November 29, 2002

Moe shock cover May 19, 2002

Moe shock cover May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer ESPN quote May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer ESPN quote May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer Cordell Ingram May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer Cordell Ingram May 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer’s Top 10 Colleges August 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer's Top 10 Colleges August 19, 2002

Moe Dampeer’s letters to the editor February 13, 2003

Moe Dampeer's letters to the editor February 13, 2003

Moe Dampeer signs with Sooners February 28, 2003

Moe Dampeer signs with Sooners February 28, 2003

Moe Dampeer Oklahoma Photo February 16, 2003

Moe Dampeer Oklahoma Photo February 16, 2003

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Return the favor

Herald & Review / Kelly J. Huff French Academy’s sixth grader Monty Wilson is assisted with his reading worksheet by Lawrence “Moe” Dampeer, a graduate of MacArthur High School. Dampeer helps out in Jewel Grady’s classroom as part of an elective course. 3.17.03

Moe Mute Cordell Ingram April 26, 2003

Moe Mute Cordell Ingram April 26, 2003

Moe Dampeer Red Shirt August 10th 2004

Moe Dampeer Red Shirt August 10th 2004

Moe Damper Tupper Column April 12, 2008

Moe Damper Tupper Column April 12, 2008

Moe Dampeer May 5th, 2016

Moe Dampeer May 5th, 2016

Moe Dampeer JFL October 2nd, 2018

Moe Dampeer JFL October 2nd, 2018

Moe Dampeer Hall of Fame September 24, 2020

Moe Dampeer Hall of Fame September 24, 2020

Moe Dampeer St. T April 16, 2021

Moe Dampeer St. T April 16, 2021

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