The Fontana A.B. Miller football team finally has a head football coach.
Shawn Moore, a 2005 Kaiser High School graduate who played briefly in the NFL, was approved by the Fontana School Board on May 18 to take over the position which had been vacant for several months.
Moore acknowledged that it will be challenging to get the football program going right away, but he is excited about the opportunity to coach the Rebels.
"We're playing from behind," he said. "We have a lot of work to do, but I think we have a bright future at Miller."
He said the team will begin summer practices on June 1.
Moore said he learned much from being a receiver and defensive back under coach Dick Bruich at Kaiser. He went on to play at Arkansas Baptist College and then had a short stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010.
He had been a strength and conditioning coach with various programs before landing the job with the Rebels.
"This is a great opportunity for me," he said. "There are a lot of good athletes at Miller."
One of the key returners for the team will be Malik Flowers, who was effective at several positions, including quarterback and running back.
Moore is replacing Justin Nast, whose team had a 2-8 record last fall. One of Miller's biggest accomplishments under Nast was being able to acquire two consecutive victories over local rival Fontana (in 2014 and 2015).
In addition to wanting to bring back a winning tradition at Miller, Moore is eager to encourage more students to become eligible to play by bringing up their grades.
"I want to make sure that we are creating strong men in addition to strong football players," he said.