Moore, who is on vacation, was not immediately available for comment.
“Marcus is one of the bright young basketball coaching prospects in Indiana,” Jimtown athletic director Nathan Dean said. “He is a coach that lives, breathes, studies and endorses the game of basketball in Indiana year-round. He is truly a student of the game. He has been heavily involved in basketball summer camps and the building of feeder systems in the (places) he has coached.”
Moore’s older brother, Matt, was named just six weeks ago to head up the Kokomo High program — after previously coaching at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio — and his twin brother, Scott, is an assistant at Grace College. (Editor’s note: The original version of this story listed Olivet Nazarene rather than Mount Vernon Nazarene. The Truth regrets the error.)
Grace is where Marcus Moore earned NAIA All-American honors and became the Lancers’ No. 2 all-time scorer with 2,351 points.
In his senior season of 2007-08, he and Scott helped Grace go 26-10 and advance to the NAIA Division II elite eight.
As it so happens, another senior standout on that team was Kyle Johnson, who four years earlier had helped the Jimmies capture what remains Elkhart County’s only state title in boys basketball, a Class 2A crown.
Later that same day, Moore and Columbia City lost in the 4A final to Lawrence North in what would be the first of three straight state titles for Greg Oden and the Wildcats.
Jimtown marks Moore’s first high school head coaching job.
He was an assistant this past season at Huntington North. He also has assisted at Columbia City, and followed his Grace career by playing one season professionally in Australia.
In 2010, he was named Whitley County male athlete of the decade by The Post & Mail there. Over his final three high school seasons at Columbia City, he helped coach Chris Benedict’s Eagles go 65-9 and was named an Indiana Junior All-Star.
Moore will teach business and physical education at Jimtown High.
Dean said there were about 15 applicants for the head coaching position. Six candidates were interviewed, with superintendent Jim DuBois, JHS principal Jeff Ziegler and Dean handling the process.
“Jimtown is very excited about having Marcus provide the leadership and time in building the feeder systems that we have needed for some time to sustain a strong program,” Dean said.
Moore, who becomes the fourth Jimtown boys coach in five years, succeeds Ron Dietz, who retired from Indiana teaching and coaching in early June to accept a position in South Carolina, where his wife was already working.
Dietz coached the Jimmies to 7-14 records during each of his two years in charge. He was preceded by Derrick DeShone, who coached the program for one season with a 4-17 mark.
DeShone followed his father, Randy, who had guided the Jims for 20 years before resigning in 2011 to become an assistant principal at Jimtown. Randy DeShone left that post in mid-June to return to coaching with Elkhart Central.
The 3A Jimmies will be looking for their first winning season in seven years next winter and their first sectional title since that 2004 state championship season.
Three sophomores and a junior comprised last season’s top four scorers, though one of those sophomores, Adam DeShone, will be joining his father at Central.