Moore is returning to Iowa City West High School -- the place where he won two Iowa state titles as a wrestler, then served as an assistant coach -- to take the helm of the mat program.
Moore will be following in the footsteps of Mark Reiland, his coach at West, who announced his departure two months ago.
Nate Moore"It's exciting. The green and gold blood has never really left me." Moore told IAwrestle, "It's exciting to go back and I know I have some big, big shoes to fill with Reiland I think he had over 400 wins in 19 years. He was doing some serious winning, but I'm excited for what the future holds."
Reiland built a powerhouse program at Iowa City West. During his time as head coach of the Trojans from 1999-2018, Reiland led the team to seven total state titles -- five dual and two traditional -- and mentored 16 wrestlers who became individual Iowa state champions. Just this past year, West High finished seventh in the team standings, with two wrestlers -- Nelson Brands, and Francis Duggan -- leaving Des Moines with state crowns.
Nate Moore owns impressive statistics of his own. As a wrestler at Iowa City West from 2004-08, Moore posted a 175-3 career record, a winning percentage (.9831) that still ranks second all-time in the 50-year history of the school. He was a four-time state finalist and a two-time champ, and helped West to back-to-back traditional team state titles in 2006 and 2007.
After graduation, Moore continued his academic and athletic career in Iowa City, at the University of Iowa, wrestling for Hawkeye head coach Tom Brands. Moore was a two-time letterwinner, posting a 20-8 overall record from 2009-11.
Nate Moore went into business for himself, but never strayed too far from wrestling. He joined Mark Reiland's staff at Iowa City West as an assistant beginning in the 2015-16 season, and helped coach youth wrestlers in and around the Iowa City area.
When Mark Reiland announced his intention to move on from the head coaching position at West, school administrators were thrilled about the prospect of having an alum of Nate Moore's caliber take the helm.
"We were excited about Coach Moore throughout the interview process, just with his background and experience as a competitor," Craig Huegel, West's athletic director, told the Des Moines Register. "His knowledge of the sport and his passion for developing kids was very imminent."
"He's an alum, and we feel like he has a great connection to what West High wrestling has been, and the way we'd like to continue to go."