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 Darrick Tucker has been named the interim football coach at Hamburg High School.

The appointment was made during a special meeting of the Hamburg School District’s Board of Education that was dedicated solely to personnel matters. His appointment as interim coach came with Superintendent Tracy Streeter’s recommendation.

Tucker, a member of Hamburg High School’s class of 1998, was also on the Lions 1997 state runner-up team that claimed the conference championship with an undefeated season.

He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He has completed six previous seasons on the Lions coaching staff, including three as the linebackers’ coach.

In addition to football coaching duties, he has served as Hamburg’s softball coach.

Tucker could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. 

The official Hamburg Lion Football social media account issued congratulations Tuesday evening, posting, “We are excited about the direction of the program and the leadership Coach Tucker brings.”

Following the announcement, former Lions Football Coach Cecil Ray Cossey likewise extended his congratulations to Tucker, who was not only a fellow coach but a teammate on the 1997 Lions squad.

“Super proud for you!” Cossey wrote on social media. “I’m here for you if you need anything! Class of ’98! Go Lions!”

Cossey announced his departure from the coaching position in late July, saying that he would be taking a job as a programmer for a defense contractor where he will likely be part of a team assisting the U.S. Space Force. The job will be 100 percent remote, allowing him to work from home and to spend more time with his family, Cossey wrote in a publicly shared social media post on July 27.

Cossey led the Lions squad for seven seasons, including to the third round of the playoffs in 2016. Twice during his time as coach — in 2016 and 2014 — the Lions broke the school record for the number of points scored during a season.

He had sought the district’s athletic director’s position when Donald Rosen announced his retirement earlier this year, but even with the superintendent’s and Rosen’s recommendations, the board of education split on the decision and Cossey was not named to the position.

“I appreciate the overwhelming support over these last few months from the community more than I can put into words. My family and I were deeply touched,” Cossey wrote when announcing his departure from the school district. “To say that leaving the players and coaches is bittersweet would be an understatement. I bleed purple. That won’t change. I will still be a die hard Lions fan and supporter for life. My family will remain in the school district. I will still be available to help the players, the coaches, and the community in any way that I can.

“My biggest regret is the timing of my departure and the circumstances that led to it. I hate it for these players, especially the seniors. And, I hate it for the coaches and my other co-workers.

“But, some opportunities are just too good to pass up. We have a lot to be proud of over the last seven years both on and off the field! Thanks for the memories! I will cherish them forever!”

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