JOPLIN, MO.--- Missouri Southern State University students, players, faculty, and staff are remembering Coach Moore today. Hundreds of people filled Corley Auditorium this afternoon to celebrate the memory of Coach Derek Moore. University officials spoke about Coach Moore's influence on campus and how they will move forward after his loss.
"You know, Derek was a fun guy, he really was, he was always smiling," said Daryl Daye, MSSU Head Football Coach.
The Missouri Southern community is remembering all the good things about the lions late offensive line coach, Derek Moore.
"Looked kind of like a prison guard, but once you got to know him a little better, he was far from that. He was a big ole teddy bear, soft-hearted," said Daye.
MSSU's Head Coach Daryl Daye, Interim President Dr. Alan Marble, and Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman all spoke highly of Moore. They also took the time to thank the community for their outpouring of compassion for a healing university.
"If I told you how many people have called and offered to do things to support us, even a 20 pound lasagna showed up yesterday at the coach's offices. Those are examples of how this community responds to adversity," said Jared Bruggeman, MSSU Athletic Director.
Students filled the Corley Auditorium, supporting a football team that will now have to find some way to move on.
"What a tragic loss, I have a few friends on the football team and I can only imagine what they're going through," said Carlie Wakefield, MSSU Student.
"I liked how it was celebrating his life, more than mourning his death," said Lindsay Griffin, MSSU Student.
That was the main message of Coach Moore's memorial, helping a football team pick up the pieces and continue life without Coach Moore.
"We've all been getting knocked down. We've been knocked down now. Let's get up, brush ourselves off and move forward, like I said. And these kids, they'll do that," said Daye.
University officials tell us they're working on a scholarship fund for Coach Moore's 7-year-old son Elijah. Bruggeman says they will take time this week to work on re-scheduling last Saturday's postponed homecoming game.
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