Slowly, he regrew his appreciation for the game.
“I’ve always had a love for the game,” Moore said. “But I felt disconnected during that time. I was coaching the [seventh-graders], and I balled up at the YMCA. … I wanted more.”
Moore got his next opportunity in 2014 when he became the freshmen boys coach at DeKalb High School. He was introduced to DeKalb varsity boys basketball coach Al Biancalana through Walker, and became a full-time basketball coach.
He made the most of his time with the Barbs and learned under Biancalana.
Watching Coach Biancalana and his preparation, his relationship with his players and his approach. … He’s like a walking basketball encyclopedia,” Moore said. “The wealth of knowledge he had for the game was crazy. To learn from a Hall of Fame coach like that has helped my career a lot.”
Biancalana said, “Jonathan is going to be extremely successful as head coach at Kishwaukee because he knows how to relate to his players. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities as he progresses to the next level.”
A couple of seasons later, Moore realized he wanted to further his coaching career at the college level.