Luke Moore has stepped down after 11 seasons as coach of the Big Walnut High School wrestling team.

“This decision was not easy and has weighed very heavily on my mind for quite some time,” he said in a statement. “However, with where I am with my career and family, I feel it is time for a change in responsibility and time commitment. I have truly put my heart and soul into this program, but I feel it is best for my family that I make this change.”

During Moore’s tenure, the Golden Eagles produced two state placers, 10 state qualifiers, 17 district placers and 66 district qualifiers and won the OCC-Capital Division championship in 2007-08.

Big Walnut had two state qualifiers this past season in seniors Bailey Munday, who finished 40-5 at 132 pounds, and Cole Foster, who was 41-10 at 132.

“Coach Moore had a positive impact on the lives of many athletes over the last 11 seasons,” athletics director Brian Shelton said. “Coach Moore made it a priority to connect with the alumni as is evident by how many former wrestlers would attend matches and senior night. Coach Moore is your role model coach who does everything the right way.”

Moore will continue to assist the program in offseason workouts until his successor has been hired, Shelton said.

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