LPS AD Moore resigns
Lawton Public Schools accepted district athletic director Michael Moore's resignation during Monday's school board meeting.
The resignation takes effect June 30. Moore, who is stepping down because of plans to retire, said he wants to spend more time with his wife as they await the arrival of their fourth grandchild this summer.
"I'm gonna miss the coaches," Moore said. "I've been able, in my role, to travel around the state to see top-notch playoff competitions and really see some great athletes. I'll still do that. I'll still be at ball games. But at the same time, having been in this for 43 years, I just feel like (my wife) has been an awesome coach's and athletic director's wife. I've dragged her from football fields to gyms all over the state and she's been nothing but encouraging.
"Now I just feel like is the right time for me to be spending more time with her and joining my kids and grand kids, and maybe someone (different as LPS athletic director) with a few less years on 'em can have a little more energy to go about making things even better for the kids the bottom line is, it's about the kids."
This spring marks Moore's fourth year in his current position. He was hired in 2013-14 to oversee athletics for all three Lawton high schools, as well as four middle schools.
As athletic coordinator at MacArthur a job he held for 20 years Moore oversaw the school's drug-testing policy for athletes. A similar policy came to fruition for all three city high schools during Moore's time as district AD.
Moore attended Central Middle School and graduated from Lawton High in 1970. He spent two years after college working at Temple Public Schools, then worked at MacArthur for the next 37 years. He was Mac's head baseball coach for 15 years and an assistant for one. He was an assistant football coach for all 37 years.
As district AD, Moore's responsibilities included but were not limited to communicating with coaches and officials, providing proper resources for all sports, coordinating schedules and handling logistics.
In the past Moore has pushed to form an LPS Athletics Hall of Fame, but has been unsuccessful. He said he will continue trying to form a hall of fame that will recognize the city's greatest athletes and coaches, even if he has to raise the funds from donors outside the school system.
"My roots are here. I'm gonna be right here," Moore said of his future plans. "I'm gonna keep working from outside the system to make things better for kids here and our coaches in Lawton, so that we can provide them with everything they need to have successful high school experience."