Jared Moss earned the coaching level C grade, placing him among the highest level of soccer coaches in the state according to US Youth Soccer.

President Kenny Matassa has proclaimed April 19, 2018 as Jared Moss Day in Ascension Parish. Jared Moss was born in Mandeville, where he started playing soccer at the age of 4 and has continued playing his entire life; at Mandeville High School, where his teammates called him “The General,” he helped to win the state championship in 1996; he then attended Tusculum College in Tennessee, where he started as a freshman and was a team captain. He and his father worked together on Pelican Park in Mandeville, and his dad describes him as “an obvious leader who is humble enough to seek and listen to the thoughts of others.”

Jared Moss now calls Ascension home with his wife Shana and their children, Lillie, Murphy, and Henry, all of whom play soccer. They became active in the Gonzales Soccer Club, where he soon became president, and immediately started instituting policies and procedures to give GSC the chance to succeed; the first item of business was to establish a mission for the club, one that focused on putting the players first and doing what was in the best interest of each player, by treating each player and each team consistently and fairly; once the mission was adopted, by-laws were then amended to adopt rules and policies that put the players first. The transition was difficult, but over the last five years, the fruits of his labor have come to pass: GSC now has a strong recreational program; the Little Kickers, a program Jared started, introduces 4 year olds to the game of soccer, learning in a safe and fun atmosphere; the preacademy and academy programs for those players who want to play competitive soccer get the opportunity to progress to that level of play; and soccer was extended beyond children, as GSC now offers an adult co-ed league.

Jared Moss earned the coaching level C grade, placing him among the highest level of soccer coaches in the state according to US Youth Soccer. He has expanded the quality of coaching by leaps and bounds, with coaches from Great Britain are who the heart of the coaching roster; many parents who want to help out have taken entry level coaching courses, so they can coach recreational teams; under Jared’s leadership, every volunteer recreational coach is given a lesson guide for running practices and drills; and thanks to Jared, qualified coaches are choosing GSC over other programs because of the focus on players.

Under the leadership of Jared Moss, GSC partnered with Ascension Parish to open the Cajun Industries Soccer Park at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Jared spent countless hours meeting with the parish engineering staff in coming up with the plan and design of the park; he played a big role in negotiating a deal with private industry, particularly Cajun Industries in not only providing all of the dirt work, but in a new parking lot; when it came time to negotiate the contract of use with the Parish, Jared set the direction and path the club would take.

In 2017, less than a month after the park was open, Louisiana Soccer hosted the 2017 Target Cup at Lamar- Dixon. In 2018, the inaugural Jambalaya Cup tournament was held, where over 75 teams attended, making it by all accounts was a huge success.

The leadership of Jared Moss has changed the culture of the club; GSC now has an excellent reputation around the state; the success GSC currently enjoys could not have been achieved without the efforts of Jared Moss.

Contributed by Ascension Parish Government