By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
After weeks of controversy, it appears Summers County High School officially has a new football coach.
Nate Tanner will remain the Summers County football coach, following the Summers County Board of Education’s decision not to reconsider Norman Farley for the position.
“Nate Tanner is the head coach,” Summers County superintendent Vickie Hinerman said.
Hinerman declined further comment.
“I’m relieved to be honest,” Tanner said. “I’m excited and just grateful and thankful for the opportunity. I’m glad we’re able to move forward.”
Tanner gave a passionate speech to the Board of Education Wednesday morning before it was to reconsider Farley’s nomination.
“I told them that I appreciated them bringing me the opportunity to coach and their vote of confidence in me,” Tanner said. “I plan on representing the community, school, my family and myself in the best way possible. I plan on providing the program with longevity and stability. I plan on impacting the kids in a positive way.”
Tanner, who also serves as the girls track coach for the Bobcats, has a busy few weeks ahead of him.
“This week, I would like to get a staff together and have that finalized,” he said. “I also plan on meeting with the kids and explaining to them the schedule for this summer and the expectations I have for them.”
Tanner said that fans can expect a hard-nosed, no-nonsense approach for the Bobcats.
“I’ll say this, we’ll be a very hard-nosed, very tough team,” he said. “I expect our team to be extremely disciplined. I expect us to do a lot of little things.”
He credits his time at Giles High School in Virginia and Concord University for his philosophy.
“At Giles High School that’s how it was exactly,” Tanner said. “When the new coaching staff came into Concord, they did a lot of the same stuff.”
Through it all, Tanner is relieved to put the drama of the coaching search behind him.
“It’s been very stressful,” Tanner said. “To take something positive from it all, I am pretty young. I’ve learned a lot these last few weeks. What I can do better and things I can work on.”
Tanner will have one of the most successful coaches in the state of West Virginia to go to for advice in Summers County athletic director and girls basketball coach Wayne Ryan.
“Coach Ryan told me some things I can do better as a manager and as a coach,” Tanner said. “A lot of the little things.”
Tanner is a few years removed from being in school himself at 24-years old, but he’s still learning.
“I learned through this process,” Tanner said. “If you do right and live right by God and work hard for whatever you’re trying to obtain, things will work out in your favor.”
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