He has a master’s degree and a year of experience as an administrator.
To top it all off, he now has his dream job.
Nonetheless, Tim Mosher can’t let go of something that still haunts him today.
That would be the final game of his high school football career.
"You have no idea," Mosher said.
Thankfully, everything else seems to be peachy for the 37-year-old Mosher.
He recently was hired as athletic director at Tallmadge High School.
Mosher is a 2000 Mogadore graduate who was a member of the Wildcats’ football, basketball, wrestling, track and field and baseball teams.
Mosher was an All-Ohio first-team wide receiver in 1999 and an honorable mention all-state pick at running back during his junior year at Mogadore.
By the way, the Wildcats lost a heartbreaking 24-21 decision to Monroeville in the second round of the 1999 playoffs.
For the record, that was Mosher’s final game as a high school football player.
"We beat Crestwood to win the PCL title [Portage County League] my junior year and then we finished 9-1 my senior year," he said. "We beat Windham in the first round. Monroeville wasn’t the better team. Unfortunately, they [the Eagles] were that night."
Life goes on, right?
Yes, even if Mosher yearns for one more chance to briefly hit the rewind button. As for his latest gig, though, there is no looking back.
Mosher earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Akron and a master’s degree at Ashland University.
Mosher briefly played football in college. He lined up at wide receiver for The College of Wooster before transferring to Akron.
"It was the best worst decision I’ve ever made," Mosher said. "I stopped playing ball, which I missed very much, but I wanted to be a teacher and a coach. I may not have gotten that opportunity if I stayed there [Wooster]."
Once his lengthy collegiate curriculum was completed, Mosher found work at Lake High School in Uniontown. He taught U.S. Government and joined the Blue Streaks football team’s coaching staff.
Mosher, who spent 10 years at Lake, was the team’s defensive coordinator during his final three years in Uniontown, where he now lives.
"The man I am today is because of the teachers, coaches and administrators I had," Mosher said. "All of those people impacted me when I was growing up. I wanted to do the exact same thing those people did to help me."
Mosher continued teaching at Lake in 2015, but he switched gears when it came to the gridiron. He became part of former head coach Matt Furino’s staff at Field High School in Mogadore before joining former head coach Alan Vanderink’s staff at Tallmadge a year later.
Mosher spent the last three years with the Blue Devils. He was the team’s defensive coordinator in 2018 and also served as the high school’s assistant principal this past school year.
"Tallmadge is a tremendous place," Mosher said. "It’s a great school district and a great community. There is a lot of community support."
Mosher replaces longtime Tallmadge athletic director and former head baseball coach Don Seeker, who led the Blue Devils to the Division II state title in 2002. Seeker decided to take a position at Chippewa High School in Doylestown after the 2018-19 school year.
"I love Don Seeker," Mosher said. "He’s a great man with a great family. I had a very good relationship with him. I love him to death."
Mosher takes over a department that has a pretty decent history over the years.
The aforementioned baseball team has won two state titles and the football team has made the playoffs a near regular occurrence throughout much of the 21st century.
On top of that, Tallmadge’s softball squad has won seven state championships and the volleyball team reached the state tournament multiple times during the 1990s.
"They have a great tradition athletically," Mosher said. "I couldn’t pass that opportunity."
Mosher also will get a chance to view his favorite student athletes at a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. Several of the Blue Devils’ sports teams will play at a new stadium located behind the high school in the coming weeks.
"We started striping the track," Mosher said. "We’re plugging away and doing everything that needs to be done. We’re excited to open it up. We’re looking to make use of it for organizations within our community. It’s a great facility to bring the community together."
Mosher has embraced his new second home since he joined the school that was established in 1879. He plans to stick around.
"I see myself being here for quite awhile," Mosher said. "I’m committed to Tallmadge and I’m committed to the community."
Mosher has bled blue and gold since 2016. But don’t expect him to ever forget his green and white colors.
That includes the final time those hues appeared on his helmet.
"I wholeheartedly believe if we played a better game, we would have gone to the state final," Mosher said. "It still stings."
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, email@example.com or @FrankAceto_RPC.