Thomas Dale Activities Director Lee Batten recently announced the hiring of Kevin Tucker as the school’s next football coach. The appointment comes less than three weeks after long-time Dale coach Vic Williams announced his retirement.
The move is seen as an attempt to build on the continuity and success that has been a hallmark of Dale football. Tucker has been a valued member of the Thomas Dale staff.
Following his grandfather and father, Tucker was a third-generation Knight who went on to star at Hampden-Sydney after his graduation in 1998. He presently teaches at Matoaca High School, where he also coaches junior varsity baseball, but will presumably be moving over to the staff at Dale.
Described by a fellow coach as “a great guy and well respected in the football community,” Tucker should bring the level of intensity that has come to be expected at Thomas Dale.
“We will play tough, hard-nosed football. I expect my players to be students of the game and to do things the right way,” an obviously excited Tucker said.
Tucker has some big shoes to fill in replacing the mega-successful Williams. He is ready to hit the ground running and will meet with his players as a group for the first time this week.
“We lost so much talent and leadership from the state championship team last season, but there is a tremendous amount of talent and commitment coming up through the ranks,” he said. “I cut my teeth on the Dale philosophy that defense wins championships. We are often categorized as a three-yards-in-a-cloud-of-dust program, but I also bring to the table the wide open offense that we ran at Hampden-Sydney.”