Opportunity knocked and Charles Moss answered and accepted the challenge.
The 37-year-old with an attention to detail is the new football coach at Texas College.
Moss accepted the job to get the Steers back in the win column and to contending for conference titles.
Another step in the journey begins on Saturday as the Steers open their season against Lane College at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Kickoff is noon.
“The opportunity and the challenge,” Moss said when asked what attracted him to Texas College. “I believe I’m a trail blazer and I like the idea of a challenge. This job got my attention and I said ‘Why not me?’”
The Steers are entering their 14th season (one season was provisional) in the Central States Football League, and though once competitive for the conference championship, they have fallen on hard times.
Since winning back-to-back league titles in 2005 and 2006, TC has struggled, going 11-98 since 2007. In conference play, the Steers are 5-44 during that time period. TC is on a 12-game losing streak, dropping the final game of the 2015 season and going 0-11 last season.
Thus, the school administration felt a change was needed and Moss came to Tyler.
Moss and his wife, Regina, have two children, Charles III, 3; and Madison, 2, and they see brighter days ahead for the Rose City club.
“I’m extremely optimistic, it’s the nature of me,” said Moss, who came to Tyler after serving as linebacker coach at West Texas A&M. “We should come out and be successful this season.”
Moss feels the reason for his optimism is “a great group of young men and the quality college staff. These young men have bought into what we are teaching and it will unfold when game time comes around.”
Moss is a graduate of Dallas Lincoln High School and the University of New Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in special education.
Moss was a standout linebacker for the Lobos, earning honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior and leading the team in tackles as a senior in 2002. Moss was a Mountain West Conference first-team selection as a senior and helped lead his team to the Las Vegas Bowl that year against UCLA.
Following graduation, Moss served as a student assistant for the Lobos and has worked as a position coach on both sides of the ball at the high school level in New Mexico and Texas.
He also served as head football coach at North Dallas High School for three seasons - 2013 to 2015.
Moss said the four pillars of success are discipline, character, commitment and sacrifice.
Quarterback Sean Stell is returning. He threw for 12 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards last year. Vontyne Williams, a freshman, is also battling for the signal caller position.
Carlos Mosby is slated to carry the load in the backfield. At receiver, standouts should be Myles Hill and Ronald Harris.
Standouts on defense include free safety Terrell Williams and linebacker Dennis Cooper.
Stell, Hill, Williams and Cooper are the team captains.
TC NOTES: Lane College is located in Jackson, Tennessee. … The Dragons were 5-5 a year ago and defeated the Steers 44-6 in Jackson. … Texas College competes in the NAIA Central States Football League, along with Lyon (Batesville, Arkansas), Arizona Christian (Phoenix), Langston (Langston, Oklahoma), Oklahoma Panhandle State (Goodwell, Oklahoma), Southwestern Assemblies of God (Waxahachie, Texas), Texas Wesleyan (Fort Worth), which is coached by former Tylerite Joe Prud’home, Wayland Baptist (Plainview, Texas) and Bacone (Muskogee, Oklahoma). … After the opener with Lane, the Steers hit the road to Abilene to face Hardin-Simmons, an NCAA Division III squad, on Sept. 9. … TC returns home on Sept. 16 for the conference opener against Southwestern Assemblies of God.
Texas College Football Schedule
Sept. 2 Lane noon
Sept. 9 at Hardin-Simmons 1 p.m.
Sept. 16 SW Assemblies 2 p.m.
Sept. 23 at Wayland Baptist 2 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Bacone 2 p.m.
Oct. 7 *Texas Wesleyan 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 ^vs. Langston 2 p.m.
Oct. 28 at Arizona Christian 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 Panhandle State noon
Nov. 11 Lyon noon
^at Tulsa, Okla.