The Richmond Register


February 28, 2008

Tanara to join staff at Georgetown

RICHMOND — After more than four decades of coaching, Jim Tanara thought he was ready to walk away.

It took just a couple of years for him to realize that he wasn’t.

The long-time Eastern Kentucky University assistant coach has accepted an offer to become the defensive coordinator under head coach Bill Cronin at Georgetown College. Tanara replaces Dave Campbell, who recently left the school after 10 years to take a position at Scott High School.

The hiring is expected to be officially announced Thursday.

“Retirement was O.K. for a while, but you start to get bored,” Tanara said. “You (coach) for so long and you work so hard you just feel like you have to do it. But, it’s a great opportunity for me. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Tanara was at EKU for 26 years, serving as defensive line coach and defensive coordinator under legendary coach Roy Kidd and Danny Hope. He announced his retirement on Feb. 16, 2005 and officially stepped down that summer.

The long-time coach had both his knees surgically replaced prior to his retirement and after a couple of years away from coaching joined the staff of former EKU assistant Doug Carter last season at Madison Southern High School.

“He caught me at a weak moment,” Tanara said of Carter. “I wasn’t even really thinking about it. So, I decided to go down there and help out. I hadn’t coached high school football in 40 years, so it was a new experience for me.”

Tanara also wasn’t really seriously thinking about returning to the college coaching ranks until he ran into Cronin at a clinic last spring. And when he was presented the chance to join the staff at one of the most successful NAIA football programs in the country, he jumped at the opportunity.

Text Only
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

What county fair attraction do you like most?

Amusement rides
Beauty pageants
Flora Hall craft exhibits
Horse shows
Livestock, poultry shows
Truck, tractor pulls
Mud, dirt races
Gospel sing
I like them all
     View Results