Maurice “Moe” Lloyd, Bloomfield’s defensive coordinator and former standout linebacker at UConn and the Candian Football League, has been named the next head coach for the CREC Public Safety Academy football program, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.
Lloyd, 34, comes over from Bloomfield, where he spent five seasons as an assistant coach, including the last three as the team’s defensive coordinator. Bloomfield won a state championship in 2015 and reached the state playoffs three times.
Previously, Lloyd coached at New London as an offensive line and linebackers coach from 2011-12. He works as a behavioral specialist at CREC.
“It’s a new challenge, a new start,” Lloyd said in the release. “I’m looking forward to working with the players and helping them take whatever skills they learn on the field to the classroom, whether it’s being on time or learning that they are accountable for their actions. I want them to understand that football is a privilege, not a right and that their grades dictate whether they can play.”
A native of Dayton Beach, Florida, Lloyd was a four-year starter at linebacker for Randy Edsall UConn from 2001-2004. He led the Huskies in tackles in his junior and senior years and was an All-Big East linebacker for the 2004 Motor City Bowl championship team.
His 412 tackles rank fourth, all-time, among UConn’s career leaders since 1978. He is also second, all-time, in tackles for a loss (47.5).
Lloyd went on play six years in the Canadian Football League and was a CFL All-Star for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2008. He was also a Western Conference All-Star twice. Lloyd helped lead the Roughriders to the 2007 Grey Cup championship.
“We are excited to have Coach Lloyd taking over the program,” CREC athletic director Jonathan Winer said in the statement. ” As a full-time employee at Public Safety Academy, we have already witnessed his innate ability to connect with our students and we are sure that this will translate well to the student-athletes.
“His playing experience speaks for itself and he has had the privilege of being a part of one of the most successful coaching staffs in the state. We are confident that he will lead the program and continue to strive to meet our ultimate goal of raising citizen-athletes with great character who will be productive and contributing members of society.