In his three seasons as head football coach, Bryan Moore has already vaulted the Wilmington College football program to being competition in one of the nation's best leagues, the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).
Moore led the Fightin' Quakers to their best season in a decade in 2019. Wilmington finished the season with a 3-7 overall record and a 3-6 mark in conference competition. Wilmington achieved early-season success on Homecoming Weekend with a 42-38 win over Ohio Northern University, snapping a 25-game losing skid to the Polar Bears. Moore then guided the Quakers to consecutive wins to conclude the season - 41-34 over Capital University on Senior Day and a 28-27 road win at Otterbein University in the regular-season finale.
In 2018, the Quakers again retained the Quaker Bowl with a 49-7 victory over Earlham College on the road. Additionally, Moore nearly broke through in OAC play for the second consecutive season, falling to Muskingum University by a touchdown on homecoming and narrowly losing to nationally ranked Baldwin Wallace University 35-33. Five individuals garnered All-OAC honors.
Moore’s first season was a success as he led Wilmington to the program’s best record in over a decade in 2017. Wilmington broke a 40-game OAC losing streak with a 37-30 overtime victory over Capital University as well as winning the Quaker Bowl with a triumph over Earlham. Four Quakers – Luke Creditt, David Henry, PJ Meyer and Eric Flynn, Jr. – earned Second Team All-OAC honors under Moore’s tutelage. Henry was also named a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), marking the first Wilmington football individual to earn the honor in program history.
Before Wilmington, Moore served as the offensive coordinator at Bluffton College (now University). His offensive prowess was evident as the Beavers established single-season school records in points-per-game, total yards-per-game and passing yards-per-game. Under his tutelage, Micah Roberson led NCAA Division III with 100 receptions in 2015.
Prior to coaching at Bluffton, Moore had a hand in helping Heidelberg University resurrect its program as its offensive coordinator and special team’s coach. The Student Princes were 1-39 in the four years prior to the arrival of a new coaching staff, and within four years Heidelberg finished 8-2. The Student Princes qualified for the NCAA playoffs in year five. He also had a stint at Emory & Henry University where he helped the Wasps to a five-game improvement in his only season.
Moore’s first full-time coaching experience came at Thomas More College, where he was the strength and conditioning coordinator and special team’s coordinator. He eventually was elevated to assistant head coach during his time with the Saints. Within his first three seasons with Thomas More, the Saints went from 3-7 to 10-0, and qualified for the NCAA playoffs.
Moore lives in Wilmington with his wife, Sheila, and children; River, Skye, Landen, Legend, Legacy and Honor.
*Last updated - March 23, 2020