Three-time state champion Coahoma County High School boys basketball coach Derrick Moore and his brother assistant coach Daryl Moore have been reinstated to their positions in the district.
Derrick is the boys and girls head coach and teaches high school and junior high math. Daryl teaches math and other subjects at Friars Point Elementary Schools.
Both received letters of termination from interim superintendent Dr. Ilean Richards June 8.
No action was taken during the June 9 school board meeting although protestors voiced their concerns on behalf of the Moores outside of the meeting. Marchellos Scott, who was Derrick’s student at Coahoma County Junior High School and is going into his senior year at Clarksdale High School, led the protest efforts. He started a petition to reinstate the Moores that received nearly 4,500 signatures.
Richards met with Derrick and Daryl Moore – both CCHS graduates - Monday, June 22. The Moore brothers were reinstated following the meeting.
“We are grateful to continue working under the direction of Dr. Richards and are pleased that we had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Richards and clear up a misunderstanding and some miscommunications that had occurred during the last few weeks,” said Derrick in a public statement. “We fully support Dr. Richards and the community of students, teachers, parents, and alumni of Coahoma County. We are very excited to get back to what we love doing most, which is serving students and student-athletes of Coahoma County.”
Daryl expressed similar sentiments in his statement.
“We are so glad that Dr. Richards and the Board of Coahoma County have entrusted us with these roles that are so important to the people of this our lifelong home community and to us,” Daryl said.
Scott also released a public statement on the matter.
“I want to thank everyone for all the support, it truly means a lot to me to know that my community that I would gladly go to war for cares so much about me and my future endeavors,” Scott said. “This is only the beginning we have so much work to do as a community. I will never regret the fight because I am a fighter and lucky I’m not alone. Now I respectfully ask that the students, parents, and city officials to shift focus to what actually matters the fight to reform our school education so that everyone is heard about policy that impacts our education.”
Richards did not return a message asking for comment.