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Damien Moses

Perhaps no athlete best represents the athletic dominance of Dr. Phillips High School more than Damien Moses. In 1987-1988, Moses was a heralded member of the school's first Football, Men's Track and Field and Men's Weightlifting teams under legendary coaches Gary Preisser, Tim Ayers and Phil Ziglar and had an immediate impact on each program. On the gridiron, Moses played both sides of the ball as an offensive guard and defensive tackle, earning All-Orange County, All-Central Florida and All-State honors.

In the spring, he turned his attention to both Track and Field and Weightlifting where his accolades were equally impressive. Moses was arguably one of the most dominant throwers in area history, winning every shot put competition in 1988, including the Metro Conference, District and Regional Championships. Moses went on to earn silver medals in shot put at the 1988 State Championship and the prestigious Golden South Classic. Moses' recordDr. Damien Moses shot put of 55' 2" stood for 22 years but that was not the only legacy he created as a Panther.

As a 219-pound weightlifter, Moses set the standard in the clean and jerk competition with a lift of 285 pounds; a record that, of this writing, has stood for 29 years and matched only once. Upon graduation from DP, Moses fielded a total of 33 scholarship offers, including Missouri, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, Georgia Southern, Florida A&M, Richmond and South Carolina State University, where he ultimately signed a Football scholarship. At SCSU he was named team captain and lettered in both track and football and continued to excel at both, earning conference championships in shot put in both indoor and outdoor competition. On the football field Moses earned All-MEAC Conference as well as All-American Defensive Lineman (SBN) honors and in 2007, he was named to the South Carolina State University “Bulldog Centennial Football Team.” 

Damien Moses epitomized the term “student-athlete,” earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Specialist’s Degree in Educational Leadership and culminated his extraordinary resume with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Currently, Dr. Damien Moses is Principal of Edward W. Bok Academy in Lake Wales, Florida.

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