Former Spur Johnny Moore helping mold young lives
SAN ANTONIO —
Two middle school basketball coaches are working to mold San Antonio's youth.
Johnny Moore is known for wearing the double zero jersey for the San Antonio Spurs. After playing in the NBA, he decided to do something even more impactful with his life.
"I saw the opportunity to come back and try to reach some of these young kids," Moore said.
He is now the head 8th grade basketball coach at Judson Independent School District's Metzger Middle School.
"This is a pivotal year for them. We lose a lot of our kids at this stage," Moore said.
He said coaching eighth grade has its challenges, but the rewards far outweigh the obstacles.
"Give them some hope. Let them know through some hard work, some good things can happen in your life," he said.
With only one loss this season, Metzger played against the Woodlake Hills Wildcats on Thursday evening. Former University of Texas at San Antonio head basketball coach Tim Carter is the head coach of the Wildcats.
"I'm back teaching health and coaching eighth grade basketball -- and loving it," Carter said.
While the love of the game is what united Carter with his players, he said approaching each season with a certain perspective in mind was key.
"It's not about wins and losses. It's about helping young people grow up, mature, become better basketball players and become better young men," Carter said.
Only one of the two coaches could walk away with a win on the court on Thursday, but they both walked away knowing they have positively molded the boys on their teams.