Boise State women’s assistant and goalkeepers coach Ed Moore and head coach Jim Thomas are in very familiar positions. Both Thomas and Moore have relocated to the Treasure Valley from the Northwest to make their Boise State coaching
debuts in 2013.
Thomas has taken over the Broncos program after spending the last five seasons as a recruiter and on-field trainer with the Washington Huskies. Shortly after joining the team, Thomas hired Moore as his assistant and
Both Moore and Thomas were familiar with each other in collegiate and amateur soccer circles in Seattle, Wash. but never developed any type of personal relationship. Moore responded to an online help-wanted advertisement for an assistant coach and jumped at the opportunity to join the program after spending the last two years as an assistant coach at Seattle University.
Most of Moore’s attention will surround goalkeepers, most importantly senior Maddy McDevitt who started 19 of 19 games for the Broncos
“We didn’t have a specific coach for the keepers last year,” McDevitt said during preseason practices to Bronco Sports. “Having Ed is great for us. I’m sad that I only get one year with him, but it’s great the underclassmen get to develop with him for many years.”
Moore has already begun working with McDevitt, and the other goalkeepers, on correcting minor flaws.
“I think the main thing I’ve been tasked with is really focusing on the goalkeeping position and training the goalkeepers,” Moore said recently after beginning his first set of fall practices with the Boise State program. “That’s an element that there has been a little bit of a hole in, and (Thomas) just wants somebody to come and fill that void.”
Boise State will now possess a coach who played at the amateur, collegiate and professional level as a goaltender, as well as a professional-caliber coach. While coaching his alma matter Evansville men’s soccer team, Moore taught current MLS goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
Thomas may have found the missing link which has plagued Boise State goalkeepers in previous seasons. He decided to bring in Moore as a specialist, motivator and right-hand man moving forward with the new-look program.
“I think what the goalkeeping core lacked was someone that was a director for them specifically — someone that could offer an energy boost for them, some technical and tactical guidance for them,” Thomas said. “When we began the search the main thing for me was that I could hire a person that I would be able to give that responsibility to and not need to look over my shoulder.”
Thomas and Moore share common ground for attention to detail and the need to always improve, making them a dynamic coaching pair. Moore has only been with the team for a month, but feels like every goalkeeper has large room to grow. Small adjustments like footwork, hand placement and distribution are all areas Moore hopes to improve with his goalkeepers early this season.
“We have to make sure throwing, kicking, punting, goal kicks and all that improves because that’s a big element at this level,” Moore said.
With assistant coach Madison Collins, who also played her college ball at Seattle, already on staff, Thomas wanted a trustworthy coach who could guide young goalkeepers. Now that the decision has been made, and Moore has been hired, it’s Starbucks all around the Boise State women’s soccer