BOONE - Like the "Great Houdini, Watauga High baseball coach Chris Moore has vanished into thin air.

Moore, who accepted the head coaching job at WHS on July 11, announced his resignation on Friday. Moore, who has a vast amount of coaching experience at the high school and college levels, has accepted an assistant coaching job at UNC-Wilmington, a Division I school in Wilmington, N.C., and a member of Colonial Athletic Conference.

Moore is WHS' third head coach since 2014. David Lee, who led the Pioneers for two seasons, resigned in June. He has since been re-hired at Richmond County High School.

Moore served as the Watauga Middle School baseball coach for the last two years.

Prior to that, coach Moore was at Georgia Southern and Appalachian State as the primary hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator. He also had a one-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at West Georgia University, an NCAA Division II institution. In his only season at West Georgia, he led the efforts to receive commitments from over 20 student-athletes while coaching the team’s infielders, hitters and base-runners.

Prior to his stint at West Georgia, he spent four seasons at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., including one year as recruiting coordinator and the final three as the program’s head coach. In 2009, his final season at Lander, he led the squad to as high as No. 17 in the NCAA Division II national rankings.

He began his coaching career with two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Davidson (2003-05). Moore is also a former Appalachian State baseball assistant (2010-12)

Moore played collegiately at Western Carolina from 1996-99, where he was one of the most prolific performers in Catamount history. The two-time all-American and four-time all-Southern Conference honoree capped his outstanding career by being named the 1999 SoCon Player of the Year, while setting school records for hits, doubles, RBI and assists. He was the SoCon’s all-time hits leader at the conclusion of his career as well as a member of the league’s academic honor roll. He was inducted into WCU’s athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

Following his collegiate career, Moore was drafted in the 11th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Colorado Rockies and spent four years in the Rockies’ system before joining the coaching ranks. As a pro, he was named the Rockies’ Minor League Player of the Month in April 2000 and a South Atlantic League all-star that same season.