ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Jerry Moore was named Sparky Woods' replacement as head coach at Appalachian State, athletic director Jim Garner announced Saturday.
Moore was head coach at Texas Tech from 1981-85 and North Texas Tech from 1979-80. Moore, 49, was an assistant to Ken Hatfield at Arkansas last season.
His record was 16-37-2 at Texas Tech and 11-11 at North Texas State. He worked in real estate development in 1986-87 before joining Hatfield's staff.
Woods left Appalachian State to become head coach at South Carolina.
'I've never hired a coach because of wins and losses. You look at the things they do on and off the field,' Garner said.
Garner refused to disclose the financial details of Moore's pact other than labeling it 'a multi-year contract.'
Garner said between 80-100 candidates were interested in the job.
'People who want to come here know they won't have to build a program up out of ashes,' Garner said.
Moore, a native of Bonham, Texas, and 1961 graduate of Baylor, began his coaching career as an assistant at Corsicana High School in Texas in 1961. He joined the staff at Southern Methodist in 1965, coaching linebackers and defensive ends for one year and then receivers for six.
Moore moved to Nebraska in 1972 as the Cornhusker' receivers coach until 1978. Moore said he felt some pressure following Woods, who had proclaimed before leaving for South Carolina that 1989 should be the best year ever for Appalachian State football.
'You're under the microscope 24 hours a day in this type of job,' Moore said at a news conference. 'You have to prove yourself every day. I don't mind proving myself to the people of Appalachian State.'
Moore defended his record at North Texas State and Texas Tech, saying that area produced the 'most competitive football in the country.'
'At Texas Tech, we lost 17 games by less than a touchdown. My last year at Tech we lost four games by a total of six points,' Moore said. 'At North Texas State, we were 11-11 and 10 of those losses were to bowl teams. That's the sort of competition in Texas.'
'I know I'm a better coach today for the time I spent in Lubbock (at Texas Tech). I'm a better coach now than I was when I left Lubbock. I know that.'
Moore refused to discuss any possible staff hirings at Appalachian State.
He said Woods left him with a good team.
'It shouldn't be that tough a transition here,' Moore said.'