Spain Park coach heading to Georgia

Spain Park High School boys' basketball coach Brian Moon (third from left) is leaving the school to take the same position at North Forsythe High School in Cumming, Ga. (File)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

Brian Moon saw a ton of potential at the new Spain Park High School when it opened in 2001 and decided to leave Hoover to take over the Jaguars’  boys’ basketball program.

Moon, who took the Spain Park program to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 6A Final Four in only his sixth season on the job, sees similar potential at a school in Cumming, Ga.

With his youngest daughter graduating from high school in May, Moon said the time is now to try to repeat the success he’s had at Spain Park at North Forysthe High School in Cumming, Ga.

Moon announced he’s leaving Spain Park for the same position at the Georgia school next season.

“I came in the right place at the right time (at Spain Park),” Moon said. “It’s good timing. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Moon said he will miss Spain Park, where he spent 10 seasons as the school’s head boys’ basketball coach. Moon, who has compiled a 303-220 record in 17 seasons as a head coach, led the Jaguars to a 28-8 record and a berth in the AHSAA Class 6A Final Four during the 2006-2007 season.

Moon led Spain Park to a 24-9 mark and an appearance in the AHSAA Class 6A Northeast Regional championship game during his final year at the school in the 2010-2011 season.

“I had a lot of good players that trusted me,” Moon said. “I think our program is in pretty good shape. It took a lot of hard work on a lot of people’s part.”