Meet Reggie Moore

October 1, 1988 was going to be a fantastic day. It was my father's birthday. I had it all planned out. First, Washington was going to beat the #2 ranked UCLA Bruins, who had come to town that day. Afterwards we were going to celebrate my Dad's 51st. Well, there was a kid from Houston, Texas that would put a crimp in those plans. His name was Reggie Moore.

Moore was the recipient of a Troy Aikman strike late for six, preserving a hard-faught 24-17 win for UCLA. Who would have thunk that Moore, who buried the Dawgs that day, would now be helping them prepare for their race back to prominence? But that's exactly what he's doing.

Reggie was named as Washington's newest offensive graduate assistant last week, replacing Luther Carr III, who followed Bobby Hauck to Montana. Dawgman.com caught up with Moore to find out more about him, his relationship with Rick Neuheisel, and what he's going to bring to the table this spring and fall.

"I was down in Houston working as a paramedic and fireman and also coaching at my alma mater (Houston Madison)," Reggie said. "I've kind of been flirting with the idea of coaching full-time. I re-acclimated myself with Rick, kept in touch with him over the last three or four years. I have been coming up for a couple of the camps the past two summers and got to know the staff. A few years back I had an opportunity to do something in the academic department, but the timing wasn't right. When this opportunity came up when Luther (Carr) left, we talked about it and I went for it."

Let's backtrack just for a second. Ironically enough for Reggie, it was an injury that helped to form the foundation of his relationship with Neuheisel. "I actually came in with an injured knee," he said. "This was at the same time when Troy Aikman had transferred from Oklahoma. And at that time Troy was working personally with Rick. Rick was a volunteer coach at the time. During my recovery was the first real contact with him, other than my recovery. So I worked with him while he was working Troy into the system, working on pass routes until I got healthy.

"So I then played with Troy my freshman year and my sophomore year was really my biggest year. That's when Troy was a senior and Rick was still working with the quarterbacks. I scored a winning touchdown against Washington in Seattle that year, became a sophomore all-american."

Things were definitely looking up for Moore, who was ready to capitalize on the success he found with Aikman. The only problem was, when 1989 rolled around, Troy had moved on to the NFL. "The next year, Bret Johnson was the quarterback and we had some changes in the offensive staff so it was a rocky year," Reggie said. "I only caught twelve passes and got hurt again. But my senior year, Rick became my receivers coach. I was down over the things that had happened. They hadn't turned out like I had hoped they would. But he was so enthusiastic and so positive. He made everything fun.

"He made it easy to learn and was a great guy to play for. He used to get on my all the time. He said, 'You are too hard on yourself. It's a game and just let it be that and have fun'. And so he made my senior year bearable. And his whole style and demeanor are things I've copied in my own coaching style when I started coaching in Houston."

When Reggie finished school at UCLA, he joined up with the New York Jets' developmental squad for two years. This was after playing in the Blue-Gray game and going through the combines. He didn't get drafted, so he entered the league as a free agent. In 1993 Moore came back to the west coast, joining up with the Los Angeles Rams, but an injury led to him being waived that same year.

Football wasn't in the cards right then, so Moore then moved to Detroit, where he hooked up with another former UCLA teammate, Mike Farr. Reggie sold cars with Mike for about 9 months, before his next football opportunity presented itself. The San Antonio Texans offered him an opportunity to play again and he jumped at it.

Things were going really well for Reggie during their fall camp until the injury bug (torn hamstring) would put Moore's career on the shelf permanently. From 1996 on, Reggie concentrated on a career as a paramedic and firefighter back in his hometown of Houston, with a little bit of coaching on the side.

And then Rick Neuheisel came back in his life, and now Moore finds himself wearing the purple and gold. For Moore, there wasn't too much deliberation. "The only thing I had to do was make a decision to leave a career I could be in for the next 30 years and move into a career where there could be uncertain times," he said. "Coaches change and staffs change. From that standpoint, it was, would I be willing to accept the possibility that there could be rocky times? But it's in my heart. It's my passion to do it and I feel good teaching and coaching. I feel like I have something to give back. It was really a no-brainer. It's a great opportunity and everybody I know has said the same thing. I just had to make sure it was what I really wanted to do."

For Reggie, getting back into the game is just a natural extention of something that has been a central focus for him since he can remember. "My Dad (Lee) was an NFL vet for twelve years," he said. "So I had the opportunity to be around pro guys, like Charlie Joiner and (Billy) Whiteshoes Johnson, and I learned so much. My Dad was a DB, so I learned a lot about both sides of the ball. And then when I went to UCLA, I looked up to Rick and Homer Smith, as well as the other receivers ahead of me, like Karl Dorrell, Flipper Anderson and Mike Sherrard."

So what will Husky fans see this spring and fall from Moore? "I'm pretty much a fundamentals guy," he said. "Technique-oriented, just bits and pieces of what I've learned along the way. I'm not a yeller. I'm pretty much a teacher. Enthusiasm is a big part of the deal. My style is correcting the wrongs, telling then why we do things instead of telling them to do it my way. My coaching style, honestly, has come from Rick, and I've always told him that.

"I will be working in conjunction with Bobby (Kennedy). I've been asked by Rick to help work with the technical aspect of things as far as running routes. We've got 6 freshmen coming in and there are others. Nate Robinson might play a little wideout, and we might incorporate Isaiah Stanback in sometimes, so I'll be working with them too. I'm just going to help them deal with what to expect from a fundamentals standpoint.

"The good thing is that we're getting ready for spring ball and not the season, so I can take the time to learn the offense and the computer system and getting a feel for what my duties will be. I'm getting a chance to get the system down, so they aren't pushing me to do anything strenuous, just kind of learning from everybody and letting them know that I'm available to do whatever I have to do."

One thing he probably won't have too much time to do in the near future is explore Seattle, but that doesn't mean Moore isn't excited about being in the Emerald City. "I've always loved the city," he said. I had a couple of nice games up here, and I always looked forward to coming up here. It's a very clean city and I know the weather can get bad at times, but it's been fine so far. And I'm always impressed by the variety of things to do, the beauty of the city with the water and the mountains. I know it's gets a bad rap about raining all the time, but it's just not the case."

For someone that is intimate with Rick Neuheisel's style and personality, Moore said that not that much has changed in the 15-plus years he's known Rick. "His style is the same," he said. "I've just noticed the maturation process. He's been exposed to a lot now as a Head Coach. He's one hell of an organizer and he's a personable guy. I've been around people that can't communicate with everyone, whether they be black, white, green, orange, male or female. He has a way of communicating that makes everyone feel like they are part of a team and that instills confidence, which is amazing to me.

"Back then, he was this young dude that had this hair and was really go get-ish, but he's honed it down a little bit. He knows how to get the system across to everybody and he knows how to win."

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