By Ian Jackson
Photos Courtesy of Anna Abbinante
A new day has arrived for Roosevelt’s women’s softball team. John Jaramillo and the athletic department have hired Aaron Moore to be the new head coach of the Roosevelt Lakers. Moore was most recently the general manager of the two-time defending National Pro Fastpitch champion Chicago Bandits. The decision was made Feb. 13.
“I am really excited to have Aaron on board. His knowledge of the game of softball and all the key players in the sport, from athletes to coaches of various levels, is impeccable. A pair of fresh eyes on what we do will help us, in regards to the team and our athletics operation,” said Director of Athletics John Jaramillo.
Moore takes over as Roosevelt’s head coach after a successful seven-year run as the architect of one of the perennial powers in American Professional Softball. He constructed Chicago Bandits teams that won three NPF titles, including back-to-back championships in the past two seasons. The Bandits also posted a pair of NPF runner-up finishes during his tenure.
Moore is no stranger to coaching the game either. He served as head coach for the Timothy Christian and Durand High School teams. He also coached travel ball for the Rosemont Bandits 16U and the stateline Fury (Roscoe, Il) Fastpitch 16/18U squads.
“I’ve been able to follow Roosevelt since the beginning, so I am familiar with the program. That made the position very attractive to me. I wanted to be in a place where I knew the expectations and could step in right away and make a difference,” said coach Aaron Moore.
Moore said that the team is young at a lot of positions, but that will make it fun and challenging. He believes that their team goals are realistic and that they are able to compete and earn their first playoff appearance. Moore also said it is a goal to produce the team into strong student athletes at Roosevelt.
“We’re staying within ourselves this season and focusing on each other. We’re expecting a competitive season with a lot of wins and a lot of fun. The goal for the season is to make it to the tournament at the end of the season for the first time in program history,” said catcher and infielder Lauryn Lewis.