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Thacker in different role for 8-man all-star showdown

Sean Utley, left, in a 2014 game file photo, and Matt Hymiller, both former Hardin-Central football players and 2015 graduates, will be playing in Saturday’s Missouri 8-man coaches Association Seventh Annual All-Star Game. Utley is on the Green Team and Hymiller is on the Silver Team. (file photo)

Sean Utley, left, in a 2014 game file photo, and Matt Hymiller, both former Hardin-Central football players and 2015 graduates, will be playing in Saturday’s Missouri 8-man coaches Association Seventh Annual All-Star Game. Utley is on the Green Team and Hymiller is on the Silver Team. (file photo)

By Shawn Roney, For The Richmond News

Norborne Hardin-Central football coach Kirk Thacker will be in a different role at Saturday’s Missouri 8-Man Coaches Association Seventh Annual All-Star Game.

Thacker has been a coach during the previous six all-star games. Not this time.

“I’m (the) secretary of the coaches association, so I will be there in (an) administrative aspect this year, instead of (a) coaching one,” he said during a recent interview at Hardin-Central C-2 Schools.

Actually, the administration-related role might suit Thacker better.

“I won’t have to stand out there at practices and sweat,” he joked. “So that’ll be O.K. with me.”

Thacker said his duties would include working with the association’s other three officers to handle administrative details for the gridiron showdown at William Jewell College, such as securing ticket takers and referees.

“We have our hands full, too,” he said. “But we just may be in a little cooler situation than (coaches) are.”

Thacker will have another job on Saturday: cheering on former players and recent graduates Matt Hymiller and Sean Utley. Hymiller is on the Silver All-Star Team. Utley is on the Green All-Star Team.

“I’ll root for (both of) them and won’t care who wins the ballgame,” Thacker said.

Thacker didn’t have that luxury the other six years, when he had to coach against some former players.

“It’s hard to root for the other team (even in that situation). I still rooted for them because they were my kids,” he said. “But this year, I’ll have no allegiance to anybody except my two players.”

Thacker suggested Hymiller and Utley would have a similar all-star experience to those of the other players he has coached. That experience includes living and eating on campus before the big game.

“Jewell feeds them well,” Thacker said.

In addition, that experience includes going out for bowling and a movie. And, of course, there are the pregame practices, when some players find out the hard way what their conditioning level is, according to Thacker.

The complete story is in the Thursday, July 9, 2015 Richmond News.

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