IU hires Moriarity as offensive line coach

Indiana has hired Mo Moriarity, a former Indiana assistant that is one of Indiana’s high school coaching stars, to replace Bobby Johnson.

From IU media relations:

Indiana head football coach Bill Lynch announced this afternoon that Myron “Mo” Moriarity will join the Hoosier staff as the team’s offensive line coach. Moriarity replaces Bobby Johnson, who took an assistant offensive line coach position with the Buffalo Bills on Feb. 17.

“We are excited to have Mo join our staff,” Lynch said. “He has been a proven winner through the years and shares my passion and vision for football here at Indiana University. Our offensive line will be well coached and fundamentally sound.”

This marks Moriarity’s second tenure with the Hoosiers. Moriarity, who has 33 years of coaching experience, coached tight ends from 2002-04 and mentored future NFL talent Aaron Halterman.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Bill Lynch and be a part of what I feel is a program heading in the right direction,” Moriarity said. “Coach Lynch and I have been friends for a long time and after talking with him about IU Football, I really can’t wait to get back down to Bloomington.”

Halterman was Indiana’s third-leading receiver with 23 receptions for 230 yards in 2003. Indiana tight ends caught 38 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 2002. They also proved to be instrumental in blocking for the Big Ten’s third-ranking passing offense. Halterman was the team’s third-ranked receiver that year, catching 27 balls, the most by a tight end since 1992.

One of the most successful high school coaches in Indiana state history, Moriarity owns a career mark of 241-56 (.811) in 25 years as a head coach. He has won three state championships, collected four state runner-up finishes and 12 conference championships. Moriarity has coached three Mr. Football winners (Bo Barzilauskas, Rex Grossman and Morgan Newton) and is in the top 10 all-time in Indiana high school football coaching winning percentage.

He spent the last five seasons as head coach at Carmel High School. Moriarity collected his third state championship in 2007 and took the program to the state finals each of his final four seasons. Carmel went 58-14 (.806) in his five campaigns.

Prior to his first stint at IU, he served as the head coach at Bloomington South High School for 15 years (1987-2001). During that time he posted a 143-31 (.822) record, won two state championships, in 1993 and 1998, and was the state’s runner-up in 1997.

His teams at South won 10 conference crowns (1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), including the last six during his 15 seasons. During those six seasons Bloomington South owned a 70-8 mark.

Moriarity had six undefeated teams (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) during the regular season and won seven sectional, six regional and three semistate titles. His success did not go unnoticed on a national level as Bloomington South was ranked in the top 20 in the country during five different seasons (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999).

He began his head-coaching career at Lakeland High School, where he posted a 40-11 record from 1982-1986. Lakeland earned three conference championships (1982, 1984, 1986), a pair of cluster championships and had two undefeated teams (1984, 1986) during the regular season.

Moriarity served as an assistant coach at Fountain Central High School from 1977-1981.

He was elected as the President of the Indiana Football Coaches Association in 1998 and was the Indiana North/South head coach in 1994 and an assistant coach in 1993.

Moriarity earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from St. Joseph’s College in 1977 and went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana State University in 1985 and a school administration certification from Indiana University in 1993.

The Martinsville, Ind., native was on born March 14, 1955. Moriarity and his wife, Gail, have been married for 29 years.

30 comments

  1. Welcome back to Bloomington, Coach Mo!

    Too bad he wasn’t hired 2 years ago when Morgan Newton was still deciding on what school to attend. Looks like the OL will continue to have the best coach on the staff working with them.

  2. Carmel’s football program was perenially mediocre until coach Mo took over. This seems like a solid, intelligent hire. He’s a great motivator and our offensive success this coming season will hinge greatly on the play of our O-line.

  3. You are spot on Casey. Carmel had not been relevant since Dick Dullaghan coached there. Mo turned them around big time.

    By the way, sorry about last night.

  4. Congratulations to coach Mo and to the Indiana program. What a fine coach and a great gentleman
    to have working with the IU players.GO HOOSIERS

  5. I got to know him as a student at South. Always nice man and a hell of a coach for us. Welcome back
    Coach Mo!

  6. Mike P,

    My apologies as well. Chalk it up to our mutual disdain for poor performance from the basketball team. Plus, a little banter never hurt anyone.

    It’s all in fun.

  7. Interesting that Lynch’s third hire to the staff is one of the assistants Hoeppner chose not to keep when he arrived.

    Obviously Mo has built on an already impressive resume since then. I’m anxious to watch Mo work this spring.

  8. Welcome home, Coach Mo! A very solid coach, great role model and great motivator. Could be a head coach nearly anywhere in college! I am glad to have him at IU.

  9. A successful and experienced addition for the Hoosier staff. Strong choice sporting a high caliber resume to follow B. Johnson. He will bring a positive image which will help future recruiting in the state also.

  10. a better coach, with more accomplishments than lynch. no brainer that he should be on the staff, if not making all the decisions.

  11. lala,

    Interesting you bring that up. I’ve already had that conversation with someone else today.

    Mo is a very smart man and a damn good coach. He also had a very, very good thing in Carmel going. Lynch for all intents and purposes, until there is a new contract offered, is a lame duck coach.

    Mo is 55 years old, has a school with one of the largest enrollments (and probably largest booster club) in the state. He has so many kids who come out to play that his depth charts, have depth charts.

    He is without a doubt going to be a Indiana Hall of Fame inducted coach.

    Now the question is why did he take this job? He left a school with a great football tradition to coach at IU once. He was ousted from that job during a coaching change.

    Was he told by Glass that his job will be safe or that Lynch’s job is safe?

  12. I wouldnt mind seeing Mo as head coach. He’s proven to know the state of Indiana very well. From what I hear, he is a great X’s and O’s coach, who is very well respected in the region. The biggest positive about Mo, is that he is a proven winner. Yes, only at HS thus far, but he has the character to command respect by leading with his actions, and he gets results. The behind the doors speculation is interesting, so let’s see how this plays out in the coming year.

  13. …and if the speculation in time becomes true what happens to the speculation that AD Glass has no vision or plan. …and if no extension is offered to Coach Lynch an announcement to reveal the new HC will not be required.

  14. I think Mike P probably is right in that he, Mo, received some assurance that this wasn’t going to be a one or two year gig. I also think that this is a vote of confidence by Mo that the program is moving in the right direction.

  15. if Glass gives Lynch an extension and no better next season on the field…I will have lost all faith in IU athletics as a whole!

  16. just guessing…a coordinator/recruiter or director of ops/recruiting. What do you think??? I cannot see him being a head coach at his age coupled with he does not have the college experience he needs but anything is possible I guess. It seems like people have to climb to the top in college over many years!

  17. I have my theories on this J Pat, but even I will have to admit they are too much on the conspiracy side to bring up here. I’ll type up what I’m thinking and send it to Korman, that way if it comes true I will have proof that I was on it. 😛

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