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By Marlana Smith
David Stuckey brings 29 years of coaching experience to the North Shelby 8-man football program.
The NS Board of Education voted to hire Stuckey on Wednesday, May 19.
David spent the first 10 years of his life in Mercer County. His family sold their farm and took their cow/calf operation to Bennett Springs where his brother currently operates it today.
When Stuckey started elementary at Ravanna there were 62 students K-12.
“I chose North Shelby because it represents what I have loved growing up and the best of my coaching career,” Stuckey said. “I am so impressed with the consistent high standards academically that North Shelby has shown.”
David’s seventh grade geography teacher, Warren Kennedy, influenced him to be a high school head football coach.
Stuckey recalls his father being a big football fan and watching games together. On Saturdays while working on the farm they listened to games on the radio.
Stuckey graduated from Central Methodist in 1993 and participated in football, golf and track.
In 1993, he began his coaching career at Fayette High School. His first head coaching job was the following year at Bishop LeBlond High School.
Stuckey has been either a head coach or an assistant coach of two state semifinals, six quarterfinals and nine district titles.
His biggest coaching job was passing game coordinator at Marshall, Texas. David’s favorite coaching job was at Santa Fe High School in Alma.
Stuckey met with the NS football team last week. He wants to help grow the young men into future leaders in the communities where they will raise their families.
“I will do this around the phrase “SWEAT.” Sacrifice Work Education Appreciation and Trust,” David continued, “When they fully grasp these things, we will win championships in life and on the field.
Stuckey expressed his excitement to have met a group of hungry young men with a sense of purpose.
“Everyone I have met at North Shelby has gone above and beyond in their kindness and hospitality to make me feel welcome and a part of the North Shelby community,” said Stuckey.
David serves the La Plata and Yarrow United Methodist Churches. He and his fiancee, Tangela Taylor, and will be getting married July 31.