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A life of passion and service: Tigers football mourns loss of longtime coach George Moser
George Moser speaks to the football team this past season while undergoing treatment for stomach cancer. Moser passed away on Monday, May 16, after 17 years at DCHS. (Photo courtesy of Paige Sweany/Sole Photography)

For the past 17 years, one of Dawson County’s most recognizable faces — and voices — was that of community football coach George Moser, who died Monday, May 16, aged 67.

During his time with the Tigers, Moser served as a mentor, motivator, organizer and so much more — all without taking a dime. 

While his official role was a special teams assistant, his knowledge and personality shone through the entire team. Not a single player or coach was exempt from his positivity, nor his sharp wit.

“He had a great relationship with the kids,” head football coach Sid Maxwell said. “They could see his passion and love for them. He was out here voluntarily to make sure that he could watch these boys grow up.”

Moser had plenty of coaching experience before deciding to join Dawson County in 2005 and could have moved solely into his career outside football, but his heart told him otherwise.

After joining then-coach Jeff Lee’s staff, Moser would later forge a coaching partnership and friendship with assistant coach Gary Wilson that lasted 15 years.

Wilson would then get to witness first-hand who Moser was as a person, which directly reflected who he was as a coach.

“He never met a stranger,” Wilson said. “First day I go on the field…he puts his arm right around me and said ‘I hope you’re good.’ There was never a dull moment with him.”

That sense of immediate camaraderie defined Moser’s character not only toward fellow coaches, but to every player as well. He made it an effort to make each member of the roster feel like a part of the Tigers family.

“It didn’t matter if it was a last-string ninth grader or if it was the superstar on the team, he was always building every single one of those guys up,” Wilson said. “It was a pleasure to be around somebody with that much energy and that much love for not just the game of football but the kids and coaching staff.”

Despite his ongoing treatment for stage-three stomach cancer last fall, he refused to allow his condition to prevent him from influencing the football team. 

Even with the chemotherapy and surgery, Moser kept showing up to games, kept his confidence and kept his head in the game. 

Following the news of his passing, hundreds of community members and former DCHS football players shared their condolences and support for Moser and his family.

On the football team’s Facebook page, the profile picture was switched to a photo of Moser from last season depicting him triumphantly holding up a football while surrounded by players and coaches. 

The football team also posted a photo on its Twitter page from Moser’s funeral service on Thursday, May 19, with a caption that fittingly paid tribute to his memory.

‘We love you, Coach Moser.’