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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.

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