FLOWOOD - Jackson Prep on Tuesday made the announcement it has chosen former ninth-grade coach Chris Moore to become coach of the boys' varsity basketball team.

Moore is no stranger to academy ball. He began his career as a player at Hillcrest Academy, where he helped win two MAIS Overall and one AAA basketball champions. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi College and his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law, Moore has spent the last eight years at Jackson Prep in the basketball arena. Moore served as Assistant Coach to former Head Coach David Horner for seven seasons, including the past season, in which Jackson Prep boys were MAIS Overall runner-ups.

Moore has also served as head coach of the 9th grade team for the last four seasons. During that time, Jackson Prep has been Junior High South AAA champions twice and Junior High South AAA runner-ups twice.

Moore said he will focus on continuing to build Jackson Prep into one of the premier basketball programs in the state.

"I am excited about this opportunity to lead an amazing basketball program and add to its rich tradition," he said. "My goal is to continue building Jackson Prep's program, while helping our players become young men of character, integrity and excellence."

Prep also announced Tuesday it has named Michael McAnally head girls basketball coach. McAnally, a Jackson Prep and Ole Miss alum, has thirteen years of coaching experience. Most recently, McAnally served as head varsity girls and boys basketball coach at East Rankin Academy. He previously coached both varsity and junior high boys at Copiah Academy.

During his thirteen years coaching, McAnally has been named MAIS Coach of the Year five times (2001, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2010) and has been named a MAIS all-star game coach five times.