Army Coaching Spotlight: Wayne Moses

Behind great men, great women frequently exist. Behind great football players, great position coaches exist. Army football hopes to reach the football promised land known as a bowl game (and a win over Navy along the way…) by following the instructions of a man named Moses.


It's not easy being asked to take over for a unit that – from a raw statistical standpoint – was the best in the country at what it is asked to do. Wayne Moses will be doing just that, however, as he takes over as the slotbacks coach for the Army Black Knights. The group of players under Moses's watch won't lack talent for him to work with; Raymond Maples, who was profiled here at ArmySports earlier this summer, is back at West Point and looking to improve upon his last two 1,000-yard seasons. While the mechanics will be a bit different for Moses in a triple-option offense, his track record suggests he'll do just fine getting this group to produce.

Moses brings a lengthy history of experience as an assistant coach to the Black Knights. He has spent time at high-profile college jobs, smaller schools, and even in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams in 2006 and 2007. Moses has spent most of his coaching career in the Pac-12, working with UCLA, USC, Stanford (in two separate stints), California, and Washington, where he played cornerback as a collegiate athlete. In all he has been coaching for 34 years. He comes to Army with a sterling reputation and a track record of sustained success. He was at Stanford when Toby Gerhart finished second in the Heisman Trophy race; he helped Stephen Jackson to some of his best NFL seasons with the Rams; and he worked with Jonathan Franklin at UCLA, enabling Franklin to become an elite college runner.

Army football has had its share of struggles in recent years, and head coach Rich Ellerson is looking for something – and someone – to kick some life into the program. While Moses may not be (or do) enough on his own to turn the Black Knights around in one year, his arrival in West Point shows the level of quality Ellerson wants on his staff. If the past is any indication, Raymond Maples should have his best season yet under Moses and wrap up an outstanding career by learning from a great position coach.

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