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Tabor Announces New Head Football Coach

Tabor Announces New Head Football Coach

Tabor Academy is pleased to announce that Jeff Moore has been named as the new Head Football Coach. In addition to his role as Head Coach, he will work with the Athletics and Student Life programs and joins Tabor starting the end of February 2023. Moore brings more than a decade of coaching experience at both the college and high school level, most recently serving as the Tight Ends coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Massachusetts.

“We are excited to welcome a talented and proven coach to our staff,” shares Kelly Walker, Director of Athletics and Co-Curriculars. “His experience and dedication will be an asset to our program and most importantly, to our students. I can’t wait to see our team grows and flourishes under his leadership.”

At the University of Massachusetts, Moore served as the Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Under his leadership, Moore’s players have seen great success, including Tight End Josiah Johnson who was named second team All Independent while being second among Independent tight ends in receptions. The first UMass recruiting class under Moore was their highest rated recruiting class in school history, according to 247 Sports. 

Head of School Tony Jaccaci notes, “Tabor has a long tradition of strength in our football program, and I believe Jeff will quickly and effectively help our program connect with our past success. Just as important, I also believe he will be an educator of character and help our scholar athletes play with class and integrity both on the field and later in life.”

Interim Head Coach for the 2022 season Matt Moore [no relation] adds, “I am so pleased for our players to have the opportunity to learn from such a highly respected coach. His knowledge of the game, team building, and boarding school experience is just what this program needs. The future is bright for Seawolf football!”

Prior to UMass, Moore served as the Head Football Coach at the Loomis Chaffee School taking the school from a 1-8 record, before he arrived, to a 9-1 record in just two seasons. He guided the Pelicans to a school-record-breaking season, taking home the New England and Founder's League Champion title, a massive achievement considering it was the first time Loomis Chaffee had ever been to a bowl game. Of Loomis Chaffee’s 22 starters, 20 of them were named first or second team All Founder's League including the two Co-Defensive Players of the year and one of the Co-Lineman of the Year. During Moore’s time at Loomis, more than 30 of his players have gone on to play college football with more than 25 at the Division 1 level. Moore has also coached at the St. Thomas More School. There, he inherited a team that was 5-34 the prior five seasons; he led them to back-to-back 6-3 seasons—their best consecutive seasons in over a decade.  

Moore began his coaching career in the NESCAC and Ivy League. He spent a year as the Defensive Coaching Intern and Video Coordinator at Yale University under Tony Reno. Moore worked with the Defensive Backs including All Ivy Cole Champion. His first job was at Amherst College working for Coach EJ Mills. During his two years there, their record was 15-1 winning the NESCAC each year.

“My family and I are extremely excited to join the Tabor community,” shares Moore. “My wife Brittany and I were looking for a place for our children to grow up and be surrounded by great people at an amazing school. We cannot be anymore elated to have found the perfect match in Tabor. It's wonderful to be able to go back to the boarding school world and be a positive influence for students at such an important stage in their lives. I look forward to meeting everyone and being fully immersed in the community.”