TRENTON — Not wanting to miss his young son's games next season, Wesclin girls basketball coach Tim Moore has resigned after 10 years as the Warriors' coach.
Moore's oldest child, Brady, will be a fourth grader next year at Bartelso Elementary School.
"He'll be starting school ball next year, and looking at his schedule next year and with my girls' schedule, it came down to me missing most of his games if I remained Wesclin's coach," Moore said. "I always told myself after I got into coaching that once my kids got a certain age, once they got involved in sports and activities, if my coaching was going to make me miss out on any of that, then it was probably going to be time for me to give it up."
Moore, 47, had a 139-128 record in his 10 seasons with the Warriors. His overall record, which includes four years coaching at Clifton Central and two years coaching at Flora, stands at 233-202.
Moore had good squads, but none every won a regional playing in the same small-school hot bed as Central, Carlyle, Nashville and Okawville.
"Still to this day there has never been a regional champion in girls basketball at Wesclin," Moore said. "I found out in a hurry when I moved down here what a difficult area it is as far as girls basketball goes."
Moore coached some quality players with Chelsea Klein, the Belleville News-Democrat's Class 1A-2A Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011, being one of them.
"I think the highlight was that year-in and year-out I had a great bunch of girls to work with," Moore said. "Nice girls. Hard-working girls. This group this year was probably the nicest group of girls that I have ever been around."
The Warriors were in rebuilding mode this season as they went 9-18 overall, 1-9 in the Cahokia Conference's Mississippi Division.
The Warriors had only one senior -- Britany Rakers -- on their squad.
"I know the next two or three years we are going to be much better," Moore said. "This team has a chance to do some things over the next few years. I still hope they do."
Moore said he planned to do some volunteer coaching in Bartelso.
"I'm not ready to completely give up coaching," Moore said.
Moore and his wife, Renee, had have three children, Brady, 9, Carson, 6, and Alyssa, 3.
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