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Florida State hires four off-field staff members

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Norvell adds to his arsenal

Florida State has announced Darrick Yray as the programs new general manager of personnel along with three other off-field hires including Gabe Fertitta as a senior offensive analyst, Greg Moss as a defensive analyst, and Carol Moore as an executive assistant and office manager.

The full press release can be seen below:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida State has hired four off-field staff members, head coach Mike Norvell announced Monday. Darrick Yray (pronounced Ray) is the Seminoles’ new general manager of personnel, Gabe Fertitta (pronounced fur-tee-tah) is joining as a senior offensive analyst, Greg Moss as defensive analyst and Carol Moore as executive assistant and office manager.

“I’m looking forward to the impact these individuals will have on our program,” Norvell said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance our support staff and continue elevating our personnel department. Darrick, Gabe, Greg and Carol have proven themselves to be elite in their professional roles while also caring deeply about student-athlete success. They will help us continue to pursue the highest standards in every area of our program.”

Yray joins Florida State after seven years at Oregon State, most recently as director of player personnel. He also served as director of recruiting operations, coordinator of on-campus recruiting and assistant director of player personnel for the Beavers. Oregon State’s 2022 signing class was the highest-rated nationally for OSU since 2011, and the 2021 team produced 17 All-Pac-12 recognitions, the program’s most since 2008, while advancing to a bowl game for the first time since 2013.

He was responsible for managing all aspects of Oregon State’s recruiting operation, including identifying potential student-athletes and scheduling official and unofficial visits to campus, while also serving as the Beavers’ pro liaison.

Prior to his time in Corvallis, Yray spent four years as an offensive assistant and three as assistant director of football operations at Fresno State. He was the pro liaison with the Bulldogs along with his recruiting, team travel, player personnel and other operations duties. As an offensive assistant, he was tasked with preparing scouting reports, charts, film breakdown, academics and special teams. In 2010, Yray was a guest coach with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders working with special teams and the defensive line.

Yray earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Fresno State in 2011 and completed his master’s degree in kinesiology at Fresno State in 2013. He is married to Minda McCullough.

Fertitta spent the 2021 season at Louisville as a quality control assistant following an incredibly successful run as head coach at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Fertitta was 43-8 in four seasons leading Catholic, taking the Bears to the state championship game all four years and winning state titles in 2017 and 2020. He was twice named District 5-5A Coach of the Year. He also was head coach at St. Stanislaus on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi for three seasons, including a 12-1 record with a trip to the third round of the state playoffs in 2013, and has a 59-25 overall record as a high school coach.

He gained collegiate coaching experience as offensive coordinator at Itawamba Community College in 2010, with current FSU offensive coordinator Alex Atkins coaching offensive line, and as a graduate assistant at Mississippi College in 2005. Fertitta played at Mississippi College, where he graduated cum laude with his bachelor’s degree in English in 2005 and completed his master’s degree in English education in 2010.

Fertitta and his wife, Charity, have three daughters, Claire, Olivia and Madelyn.

Moss brings nine years of collegiate coaching experience and seven seasons as a high school coach to the FSU staff. He most recently was defensive backs coach at Charleston Southern for three seasons and added special teams coordinator duties for the 2021 campaign.

In his first season at Charleston Southern, the Buccaneers grabbed 14 interceptions and had the No. 21 pass defense in FCS. Evan Cruz broke the single-season program record with 14 pass breakups, and Cody Cline was named first-team all-conference and the conference’s Defensive Freshman of the Year. Cline continued his development and was named a Sophomore All-American and first-team all-conference after the spring 2021 season. Prior to CSU, Moss was defensive coordinator at Miami Carol City High School for two seasons. He also has experience coaching at Nova High School in Davie and Miramar High School.

Moss spent five seasons on staff at FIU, his alma mater, serving as secondary coach in 2015 and 2016 after three years as a quality control coach. He was a defensive team captain and voted FIU’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2003 after breaking numerous kickoff and punt return records. Following his collegiate career, Moss played four seasons in the CFL. He played in the 2007 Grey Cup as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was named the Ottawa Renegades’ Rookie of the Year in 2005.

He was a Dean’s List honoree in the classroom and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports management from FIU in 2005 and completed his master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 2013. Moss and his wife, Shaun, have three daughters, Sai, Taylor and Kyndall.

Moore is a veteran athletics administrator and returns to the football staff after four years as the administrative specialist and office manager for FSU’s Student Athlete Academic Services.

She began her tenure with the football program in 1985 when she was the administrator for defensive coaches and became the primary administrator in the recruiting office from 1987-92 before working with the offensive coaches from 1992-96. She was the program assistant for recruiting from 1996-2003 and then became the office administrator for football operations until her move to academics in 2018.

Moore is a Tallahassee native who graduated from North Florida Christian School and Tallahassee Community College. She is married to Matt Ayer and has two children, Ansley and Brandon.