It’s official: Rye Country Day offensive coordinator Jim Moran has been named the new Dobbs Ferry football coach. Moran met with the district superintendent on Friday and was offered the position after his interview.
“He just came across really well,” Dobbs Ferry athletic director Jim Lindsay said. “When I interviewed him, he came across like a college coach.”
For those of you who don’t know Moran, his ties to Westchester and football in and around the area are numerous. He grew up in Hastings and was a star fullback at Stepinac High School before playing collegiately at Albany. Since college, the 38-year old has coached at Stepinac, Horace Mann and Rye Country Day. He served as the offensive coordinator for eight seasons at Horace Mann under John Calandros, then moved to Rye Country Day in the same position when Calandros took over the Wildcats varsity four years ago.
I first found out about Moran’s hiring on Friday. He said he first wanted to alert his former players at Rye Country Day, where he had formed a bond with them the last four seasons.
“That just shows you what kind of person Dobbs Ferry is getting,” Calandros said.
Moran’s Wing-T offense has been an integral part in Rye Country Day’s success the last four seasons. The Wildcats have qualified for two New England Prep School bowl games in that that. Last season they won the Fairchester for the first time in program history.
“I think it’s a great hire,” Calandros said. “I truly believe that Jimmy’s going to do a fantastic job as the new Dobbs Ferry coach.”
Moran will replace Chris Wagner, who won a state championship in his first season with the Eagles and reached the state final the following season. Wagner and the school parted ways after the 2010 season, which was Dobbs Ferry’s third straight that ended without a Section 1 championship.
I’ll have much more on Moran next week.