Meet Kirklan Moore! Kirklan is an elementary fitness teacher at Centennial Arts Academy and is the head JV baseball coach at Gainesville High; next school year he will become one of the assistant head coaches for the Red Elephants. Kirklan has been playing baseball his entire life and played in college at the University of North Georgia.
“Before there was a fitness class at Centennial was just a regular P.E. class with a bunch of kids in one small gym, so I went to the principal and told her my idea of a fitness class and have a more in depth class about the health side as well in a different room to separate the two. She loved it and now I basically get to do my dream job,” he said.
Kirklan is married to Randi Moore, who is a second grade teacher at Centennial but also is the head girls varsity volleyball coach at Gainesville High. The couple has two children; the oldest is Harper, who is going into fourth grade and Hayden who is two years old.
Something many people may not know is that Coach Moore was an extra in the movie “42,” a movie about legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson where Kirlan was on the baseball unit.
“I went in the the audition place here in Atlanta and when they called my name I went in and my old head baseball coach was sitting there and he just gave me the part on the spot. He also called a couple others of my old baseball team and got us all together for this movie for being a part of the baseball team. I was such a cool experience,” he said.
We want to thank Kirklan for meeting with us and being a part of the Faces of Hall County project!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “I have played baseball all my life so I know I wanted to still be a part of it and I always loved fitness. My dad was a firefighter so seeing him work out always made me feel like I needed to do the same. I was passionate just teaching fitness and being able to have this as my job.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Hall County?
A: “I have lived here since 2013, I grew up in Buford and I have been working here for six years.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Hall County and what do you love there?
A: “Longstreet.You can never go wrong with country cooking.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Hall County?
A: “Steven Cornett. He is the funniest person in Hall County.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “I would love to onto a European tour of all the major battle sights that WWll took place. I am a fanatic about WWll so I wouldn’t mind also going to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Berlin as well.”
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: “‘The Dark Knight.’ I am a huge Batman fan.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “From the head football coach at Duke, David Cutcliff: Be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing to your best of your ability.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “A baseball tour with my dad of all the major league baseball teams at every major league park.”
Q: What is your favorite music / three bands you would like to see dead or alive?
A: “Country but I really like everything. I would like to see Guns and Roses, Garth Brooks, and either The Beatles or Elvis.”
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Hall County?
A: “Longstreet. When I hear about it I think of Hall County. You don’t know have another place like it and you can’t go without seeing someone you know there.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Hall County?
A: “Lake Lanier. Growing up in Buford you didn’t have such easy access to the lake and houses built around it like we do here. It’s what everyone knows about Hall County.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in five or 10 years?
A: “Teaching still and hopefully being able to be the head baseball coach at some point.”
Q: (Even friends or family), what is something interesting about you that most people don’t know about you?
A: “I was in a movie. The movie ‘42’ about Jackie Robinson, I was a part of the baseball unit they put together.”
Q: What are three words that come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Family, friends, community.”
Interview by Abernathy Cochran Real Estate Group intern Tricia Cumiskey
The Faces of Hall County is a project to showcase the amazing people that live or work in our community. If you would like to nominate an interesting person to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org.