Hanover Area Hires Former Assistant Hummer
Hanover Area has a new football coach, and it is a familiar name to anybody who has been around the program.
By a vote of 7-1, the Hanover Area school board voted Rickey Hummer as the program’s new coach. He takes over for Mike McCree, who stepped down in December after four seasons. Board member Vic Kopko voted no against hiring Hummer, while Frank Ciavarella abstained.
If the last name Hummer rings a bell, it is because Rickey’s brother, Ron, was Hanover Area’s head coach from 2006-20014. But now it’s Rickey who gets to put his stamp on the tradition-rich program that prides itself on Hanover Area people coaching the Hanover Area football team.
“I’m excited, it is in me to still do it,” Hummer said following Tuesday night’s board meeting. “Sitting there and watching the games for the last four years burned a fire in me. I didn’t think I was done coaching. I’ve been at every game they played the last four years. It is going to be a hard task, putting in a new program from what they had.”
Hummer is no stranger to coaching at Hanover Area. He played for the Hawkeyes, and for a total of 13 seasons was an assistant coach where he coached wide receivers, defensive backs, as well as serving as the assistant defensive coordinator and briefly held the title of offensive coordinator.
His son, Connor, is on the team, and that helps bring a bit of familiarity to the rest of the players on the team after spending time with his son watching and breaking down film during game week.
“I want to instill a little more toughness, finishing blocks and getting to the ball,” Hummer said. “I want to make sure that every kid out on the field knows what the kids playing the other positions are supposed to be doing. Last year they were a younger group. That is tough having young kids playing a varsity schedule. They got beat up a little bit.”
The Hawks finished 3-8 last season and lost to Wyoming Area in the first round of the District 2 Class 3A playoffs. Hanover Area’s last winning season was in 2014, which also coincided with Ron Hummer’s last year with the program.
“It’s nice to have the Hanover back in Hanover football,” Hummer said. “We had a lot of tradition back in the day. It is going to be a task. I’m just going to try and chance the mindset from that losing feeling. I am looking forward to it.”
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