Football coach Bryan Moore leaving Hartselle for Opelika
By Caleb Suggs
For the Enquirer
Bryan Moore is headed home.
The now former Hartselle football coach who spent four seasons with the Tigers is off to be the new head coach of Opelika.
The news was made official Tuesday in a news release by Opelika High School.
Moore, a native of Valley and graduate of Springwood High School (located less than 30 minutes from Opelika), spent eight seasons at Opelika as an assistant before taking his first head coaching job at Eufaula in 2015.
“I am so honored to be the new head football coach at Opelika High School,” Moore said in the release. “It’s surreal to have the opportunity to come back and lead a program that I began coaching many years ago. Opelika has always been a special place to me and my family. It’s where I got my start in teaching and coaching and where my kids were born. My desire for this program is for it to be the best football program in Alabama.”
Moore was hired by Hartselle prior to the 2020 season. In his time with the Tigers, he compiled a 38-9 record with two region championships and four playoff appearances. In 2022 he led the Tigers to a 12-1 record and a third-round playoff berth. He has an 86-21 record overall at stops across Eufaula, Jasper and Hartselle.
“We want to thank Coach Moore for everything that he’s done for us at Hartselle,” Hartselle Athletic Director Jake Miles said. “He’s a great coach, a great person with a great family and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Hartselle now looks to hire its third head coach since longtime coach Bob Godsey left after 16 seasons following the 2018 season. After a 4-7 season in 2019, Moore had brought success back to Hartselle. The Tigers are looking to continue that with the next hire.
“We value the traditions that have been established here in this program and in the community of Hartselle,” Miles said. “At Hartselle we look for people with certain values and we’ll be looking for a coach that not only has those values, but can also continue the trend of success that we’ve had.”