LARAMIE — The University of Wyoming football team added assistant coach Shannon Moore to its coaching staff on Tuesday. The announcement was made by head coach Craig Bohl. Moore comes to Wyoming after spending the last three years at East Carolina University. Moore will coach the Wyoming tight ends and fullbacks.
“Shannon is a coach I’ve crossed paths with many times,” Bohl said in a press release. “He has a broad base of experience coaching at South Dakota State, Florida International and East Carolina, and he has a great enthusiasm for the University of Wyoming. We’re really excited about having him join our staff.
“Shannon grew up in western Nebraska, and played at Black Hills State. His wife is a UW graduate. I think he will bring a lot of energy to our program and a good understanding of the culture here at the University of Wyoming.”
“I am beyond excited for the opportunity to join coach Bohl’s staff, the University of Wyoming and Cowboy football,” Moore said. “I’ve watched coach Bohl’s teams play tough, disciplined football for a long time. I can’t imagine a better opportunity to be part of the culture and the growth that he and his football staff are cultivating at UW.”
A native of Gordon, Nebraska, Moore has been coaching at the college level for the past 15 seasons. He comes to Wyoming from East Carolina University, which is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Moore coached at East Carolina for three seasons from 2016-18. His first two seasons, he coached the tight ends and coordinated the special teams for the Pirates, including coordinating the field goal, punt and kickoff return and punt and kickoff coverage teams. Moore’s final season, he continued to coach the tight ends, while also being given the responsibility of being the recruiting coordinator.
Before joining the East Carolina coaching staff, Moore coached for two seasons (2014-15) at Florida International University, where he served as the special teams coordinator both seasons. His 2014 Panther special teams’ units ranked No. 1 overall in Conference USA in special teams combined rankings, and his 2015 special teams were No. 3 overall. The Panthers ranked No. 1 in C-USA in punt returns as a team in 2014 and ranked No. 2 in the nation. Moore’s 2015 special teams led the league and ranked among the country’s best in punt return average (10.8 yards per return), most blocked kicks (four) and fewest blocks suffered (zero).
Moore coached for eight seasons as a full-time assistant coach at South Dakota State (2006-13) and two years at SDSU as a graduate assistant (2003-04). During his time at South Dakota State, he coordinated special teams and coached tight ends his last four seasons from 2010-13. Prior to that, Moore coached the running backs and tight ends from 2006-08, before taking on the duties of special teams coordinator and quarterbacks coach during the 2009 season.
During his tenure with the Jackrabbits, Moore coached four all-conference running backs and a pair of all-conference tight ends. The Jackrabbits consistently ranked among the top teams in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in several special teams categories under Moore’s direction. SDSU ranked first or second in kickoff coverage in 2010 and 2011, while ranking among the Top 20 nationally for net punting in those respective campaigns as well. The Jackrabbits also stood ninth nationally for kickoff returns with an average of 23.86 yards per attempt in 2010.
In addition to his coaching duties, Moore performed a key role in the academic success of the South Dakota State football program, which led its league in the number of academic all-league selections in each of the eight seasons, according to a press release. In addition, six Jackrabbits earned Capital One Academic All-America honors, two received Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Athletic Directors Association Postgraduate Scholarships and another two were bestowed with NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Moore previously served as a graduate assistant at SDSU during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, working with the running backs, tight ends and special teams while pursuing a master’s degree in education administration. He later added a master’s degree in sports administration from South Dakota State in 2007.
Before returning to Brookings, he served as head coach of the Wyoming Cavalry of the National Indoor Football League, where he compiled an 18-11 record over two seasons. In 2005, Moore led the Casper-based Cavalry to a franchise-best, 10-5 record and a playoff berth, while also serving as the team’s offensive coordinator.
Moore played three seasons at Black Hills State in South Dakota, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in 2000. Moore completed his master’s degree in educational administration in 2005 and his master’s in sports administration in 2007, both from South Dakota State.
He and his wife, Lindsay, have a 16-month old daughter, Mackenzie Rose.