Mooney Player was Head Football Coach at Saluda High School from 1957 through 1963. During that span, he led Saluda to a 63-15-1 record. His teams won Conference Championships in 1959, 1962, and 1963, and State Championships in 1962 and 1963. He also coached Baseball and Track and Field. He was also one of the founders of the Saluda Youth Baseball program in 1961.