Chemistry and youth are the foundations of the Red Raider coaching staff
Texas Tech offensive line coach Matt Moore.
Left the program on Dec. 12, 2011
Matt Moore enters his fifth season spearheading the coaching efforts for the Red Raiders' front five. Moore is no stranger to the offense and wide line splits as he has coached in the scheme on the high school level for several years and at Troy for a season before joining the Tech staff.
An increased focus on the run game was a priority for the Red Raiders in 2010 while also maintaining Texas Tech's attack through the air. Moore helped guide a relatively inexperienced line to make the Tech offense a more balanced unit, and Tech improved from 12th to ninth place in team rushing while throwing for 4,146 yards. The best news for Moore is that all five starting lineman will return for the 2011 season.
In 2009, Moore faced his most difficult coaching task since joining the Red Raiders as he was forced to replace three starters on the line from 2008, including two All-Americans. His unit showed continuing improvement over the course of the season which culminated in an Alamo Bowl victory over Michigan State.
A better season couldn't have been scripted for Moore's offensive line in 2008 as three players earned All-America status, including Rylan Reed and Brandon Carter, who were named to the Walter Camp and AFCA first teams. Carter also was named to The Sporting News first team, while Louis Vasquez picked up AP third-team honors. Each also was named to various Big 12 All-Conference teams.
The offensive line proved to be the catalyst of the offensive unit last year, allowing a single sack per every 54 pass attempts, a number that led the nation. Additionally, the group paved the way for 28 rushing touchdowns, the second-most in school history and the most since the 1993 team tallied 30.
The Red Raiders picked up another NCAA passing title as Graham Harrell led an offense that accumulated 413.2 yards per game through the air. Harrell went on to win the Unitas Award and was fourth in Heisman voting at season's end.
Moore's unit turned in a successful season in 2007, allowing a slim 18 sacks in 763 pass attempts. The ratio of one sack per every 44 pass attempts led the country. Additionally, Vasquez and Reed showed discipline and poise as both were flagged only once each for holding calls. The duo also allowed only three sacks on the season.
Behind the protection of the offensive line, Texas Tech won its fifth NCAA passing title in the Mike Leach era and first since the 2005 season. The Red Raiders averaged 470.3 yards per game through the air, and quarterback Graham Harrell led the nation in passing and won the Sammy Baugh Award as the country's top quarterback.
Moore came to Tech with one year of collegiate coaching experience at Troy, where he helped lead the Trojans to an 8-5 season in 2006, including a New Orleans Bowl Championship over Rice.
Moore's stint on the collegiate level was preceded by successful runs as a coach at the high school level in Georgia and Alabama, where he quickly established himself as a top prep coach. During six seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Hoover (Ala.) High School, Moore helped lead the Buccaneers to three consecutive Class 6A titles and a 77-7 record.
He began his coaching career at Pickens (Ga.) High School in 1996 and continued at Hoover High School after two seasons. Moore served as head coach at North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School, before joining the staff at Troy.
A native of Canton, Ga., Moore played at Valdosta (Ga.) State, where Leach was the offensive coordinator. He started 34 games during the 1991-94 seasons at left guard and was a first-team All-Gulf South Conference selection as a senior.
Moore received his bachelor's degree from VSU in health and physical education. He and his wife, Kelly, have three daughters - Tanner, Reece and Sutton.