H-C coach gets nod to lead varsity co-op team



By Shawn Roney-For the Richmond News

Kirk Thacker can finally focus on coaching football again.

Just before adjourning Monday night at Hardin-Central C-2 Schools, the Hardin-Central Board of Education voted 7-0 to recommend Thacker as head varsity coach of the Norborne Hardin-Central co-op football program. Thacker, Hardin-Central’s longtime head coach, expects final approval to be a formality, along with the approval of Norborne’s Dave Menning as assistant coach.

“(I’m) very excited about the school board having the confidence in me, giving me the responsibility – and Norborne having the faith in me as well to carry this on and to train their boys,” he said during a short interview after the meeting.

The board’s recommendation of Thacker – one of several unanimously-approved measures Monday – follows its approval during a special meeting on Feb. 17 for Hardin-Central to enter into a two-year co-op agreement with Norborne for 8-man football. In approving the agreement, the board helped bring together two tradition-heavy football programs.

Hardin high school football dates back to the early 20th century – decades before consolidating with the Central school district and then taking in students from the now-defunct Stet school district. During its pre-co-op history, the program won two Class 1A 11-man state titles (1980, 1987), was the state runner-up twice (1979, 1992) and placed third in 1978. As an 8-man program, Hardin-Central was the 2007 state runner-up.

Norborne’s football history includes a 1983 Class 1A state runner-up finish. The program also produced pro lineman Max Lane, who played on the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXI team.

The complete story is in the Thursday, March 12, 2015 Richmond News.

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