MOORE — Entering just its seventh year as a school, Southmoore football is beginning this season with its third head coach.
Jeremy Stark was promoted from his defensive coordinator post this summer and began leading the SaberCats this week with preseason practice getting underway.
Stark previously spent four seasons as an assistant under Jeff Brickman, and the past two as the defensive coordinator.
Brickman left this summer to become the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma Baptist under another former Southmoore coach in Chris Jensen.
“I’m very fortunate to step into a great group of kids,” Stark said. “They’ve rolled with it and they even continued to work hard without a head coach during a couple weeks this summer. I was also really fortunate to inherit a great staff. I only had to hire one coach. So in both senses, with the kids and the staff, I couldn’t ask for a better situation to be stepping into.”
Brickman’s departure also left a void in the play-calling duties, which will now be the responsibility of Luke Hackbarth.
Hackbarth previously had two separate stints as Southmoore’s quarterbacks coach (2009-11 and 2013) before his recent promotion to offensive coordinator.
“(The offense) is completely different,” Stark said. “We’ll be a ball-control team. We’re going to eat some clock and look to get positive yards running the football first. In the past we’ve been mostly a score quick and score a lot team, but based on what we have this year we’ll rely a little bit more on our defense.”