Monday, March 1, 2010

Unexpected Return -- Moriarity Back at IU

Did you see this coming, that Mo Moriarity would return to coaching football at Indiana?

Yes, that’s the same Moriarity who thrived at Carmel High School the past five years with a 58-14 record that included the 2007 state title and three state runner-up finishes.

It’s the same Moriarity who went 143-31 with two state titles in 15 years at Bloomington South.

It’s also the same Moriarity who coached at Bloomington North for a few weeks before bolting for the Carmel job, angering Cougar supporters who had pushed for his hiring.

No matter. The guy can coach and recruit, and that’s the bottom line.

Indiana coach Bill Lynch was focused on finding the best replacement for offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who took a job with the Buffalo Bills a couple of weeks ago. Moriarity will coach the offensive line. He was IU’s tight ends coach from 2002-2004 under former head coach Gerry DiNardo. He worked with future NFL player Aaron Halterman.

“We are excited to have Mo join our staff,” Lynch said in a release. “He has been a proven winner through the years. He shares my passion and vision for football at Indiana University. Our offensive line will be well coached and fundamentally sound.”

Moriarity also will provide strong in-state recruiting connections, particularly in central Indiana. He’s a former president of the Indiana Football Coaches Association.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Bill Lynch and be part of a program heading in the right direction,” Moriarity said in a release. “After talking with Coach Lynch about IU football, I can’t wait to get back down to Bloomington.”

Moriarity has 33 years of coaching experience, 25 as a head coach, with a career record of 241-56 (.811).

That’s great, but the bottom line is, can he get the Hoosiers to pass protect and run block? We’ll start finding that out next season.

1 comment:

  1. Hire Chris Creighton from Drake University as the next head coach!!! Proven winner and recruiter.

    Coaching Experience

    1991-92 Offensive Coordinator, Concordia (Ill.) University
    1993 Head Coach and quarterback, Limhamn Griffins - Malmo, Sweden
    1993-96 Offensive Coordinator, Manchester (Ind.) College
    1997-2000 Head Coach, Ottawa (Kan.) University
    2001-2007 Head Coach, Wabash College
    2008-present Head Coach, Drake University

    Year-By-Year Head Coaching Record

    1997 Ottawa 9-2, NAIA playoffs
    1998 Ottawa 8-2
    1999 Ottawa 6-3
    2000 Ottawa 9-2, NAIA playoffs
    2001 Wabash 8-2
    2002 Wabash 12-1, NCAA Division III playoffs
    2003 Wabash 7-3
    2004 Wabash 6-4
    2005 Wabash 11-1, NCAA Division III playoffs
    2006 Wabash 8-2
    2007 Wabash 11-2, NCAA Division III playoffs

    2009 Drake 8-3

    Career Record: 109-32 (.773 winning percentage)

    Ottawa Record: 32-9 (.780 winning percentage)

    Wabash Record: 63-15 (.807 winning percentage)

    Drake Record: 14-8 (.636 winning percentage)