Live the Dream STAT: A winning tradition continues
September 15, 2011, 8:38am
200 - Number of wins by Jerry Moore as head football coach at Appalachian State, after his Mountaineers beat NC A&T in Boone Saturday. The victory makes Moore only the 16th coach in NCAA Division I history to win 200 games while at one school.
The High Country is home to some outstanding college football. In fact, it's arguably home to the most outstanding. Since 2005 no Division I football program has won more games than Appalachian State. The Mountaineers have 72 wins, more than Boise State (70) or Florida (67).
Going back to 2000, the programs has won 112 games. In comparison, in those 10 seasons NC State won 75 games, the most by any in-state ACC school.
The man behind all this winning is Jerry Moore, who took the head job in Boone 23 years ago. When his team finished off NC A&T Saturday for his 200th win, his players were ready to mark the occasion.
As the seconds ticked down in the near-empty stadium, the Mountaineers surrounded the coach with a cooler of icy water in tow. Moore, now 200-80 at the school, pleaded his case with forgoing the postgame ritual.
“He said he didn’t want the Gatorade shower, but we just waited and waited,” receiver Brian Quick said. “We didn’t tell him we were going to get him, and as soon as the buzzer went off we got him. I think it really surprised him.”
“It was a neat moment. Cold, but a neat moment,” said Moore, who told the media when he walked into the postgame interviews that he was still a little cold from it.
Appalachian annually plays five to six games at home, averaging close to 30,000 fans a game. Football fans in the High Country have been spoiled, and owe it all to a great coach.