After a three-fourths filled auditorium approached the stage, one by one shaking the hand of their returned Head Coach Mo Moriarity, one Bloomington South football player said this to the local living legend.
"I know we may have finished 1-9 the past two seasons, but I really think we have the heart and the work ethic to one day become champions."
So starts the second era of Mo Moriarity, who has a overall career record of 247-42 in 28 years of coaching high school football, as he returns as head coach of the Bloomington South football team. Moriarity previously coached at the school from 1987-2001, finishing his tenure with a 143-131 record with Class 5A State championships in 1993 and 1998, before leaving to coach tight ends at Indiana University from 2002-2004.
Moriarity then took over the head coaching job at Carmel, reaching the State championship game from 2006-09 and winning once in 2007. Moriarity followed his run at Carmel with a return to Indiana University, and followed that up by coaching Salem High School to a 6-16 record during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Just as excited as he was perhaps was the Bloomington South High School community, which honored their returning coach with a pep rally in the school's auditorium Tuesday night that featured the school band, cheerleaders, signs reading "Mo Mania", and four rows of football players eager for the 2013 IHSAA football season to start.
"There are a lot of good kids, as there are a lot of good kids everywhere," said Moriarity. "But there is a lot of history here, there is a lot of traidition, and we have to build on that. You can work hard and have fun, and that is what we plan on doing."
Moriarity is replacing former Bloomington South Head Coach Kirk Kennedy, who finished three years with the program and a combined 4-26 record.