Mount Olive’s Moore moves on

By Mark Kitchin

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The reports that surfaced last week regarding Mount Olive coach Kevin Moore are true. The Marauders mentor is stepping down from his post as the school’s varsity basketball coach after posting a record of 83-22  over the past four seasons which included a pair of Morris County Tournament titles.

Moore announced his resignation to media outlets in an e-mail last week after he was named the new principal of Chester M. Stephans School, which is an elementary school in the Mount Olive district.

Moore has a lot on his plate. As well as being married and a father of three children, he is also studying for his teaching doctorate at Seton Hall. He didn’t feel he could perform all these things and still coach the basketball program at the level necessary for its tremendous success to continue.

Mount Olive has been no ordinary basketball program since the former Bayley-Ellard and County College of Morris coach joined it.

Once he came to the Marauder, Moore initiated the up-tempo, offensive-minded Grinnell System which focuses on pressure defense and three-point shooting. The use of the system ruffled some feathers among area coaches, shook up Morris County basketball and brought plenty of excitement back to the Mount Olive gym.

84 bb mct finalKevin Moore guided Mount Olive to the Morris County Tournament final the last three seasons, winning two of them. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Mount Olive received terrific performances from Zac Heeman, Rashaan Spencer and Ryan Traub this season. Spencer and Traub are moving on to play basketball at the college level. Heeman has earned a scholarship to play football at Rutgers. Last year’s team finished 23-4 and was upset by Northern Highlands in the early rounds of North 1, Group III state tournament play.

It is uncertain who will replace Moore and if they do, will the Marauders continue to play the up-beat system that brought the program such success. Sean Rieg, Mike DeRosa and Lee Clowers were last year’s assistants.

Moore believes his replacement will be chosen before the summer months. Mount Olive, which did not play in an organized summer league last year, has made a commitment to play in the Hamilton Park Summer League in Jersey City this season which includes teams from St. Anthony and the Patrick School.

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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