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THS football gets new head coach

Jacob Hamilton has been hired to replace Kevin Lacey as the new head football coach at Tharptown High School.

Lacey, who served as the Wildcats’ head coach for six years, resigned in early June to take a job in sales.

Hamilton, a Russellville graduate, has served as an assistant coach at Phil Campbell, Deshler and, most recently, Carbon Hill.

I am very excited to be the head football coach at Tharptown High School,” said Hamilton.

He thanked FCS Superintendent Greg Hamilton THS Principal Bart Moss for “this wonderful opportunity.”

“Growing up, my father was my coach in all sports, and his dedication to teaching me to love and respect the game inspired me to want to become a football coach myself,” the new head coach explained. “So this is a dream come true for me.”

It has been a whirlwind of activity for Coach Hamilton. He was hired at the June 14 board meeting, came to the school to meet some of his players the next morning and got married over the weekend.  When Hamilton returns from his honeymoon, he will get down to business at Tharptown.

“My main goal is to have a solid and competitive program at Tharptown that is centered around family and community,” he said. “I hope that through my leadership, our studentathletes will develop a deeper love for the game of football, bring out their competitive spirit and show what it truly means to work together for a greater goal.

At 24 years old, Hamilton will be one of the youngest head coaches in the state, but he said he plans to use that youth and energy to connect with the students and build the program.

I know I am one of the youngest, if not the youngest, head coaches in the state, but I believe my youth benefits me as I bring a lot of energy and excitement while also being relatable to the players,” Hamilton explained. “I am very grateful for the confidence and support I have already received from my administrators. I hope to bring a lot of high energy and enthusiasm to our rapidly growing school and help grow a solid program that benefits our studentathletes even after graduation – a program our players, parents, community and school can be proud of.

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