Following possibly the roughest season in school history, Mount Tahoma High School has hired Ricky Daley to take over the Thunderbird football program.
Daley has been an assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound since 2007; most recently coaching tight ends. A graduate of the University of Hawaii, where he was an Academic All-Conference wide receiver, Daley is also an Investigator for Child Protective Services.
“I look forward to bringing some excitement and success to the Thunderbird program,” said Daley. “I want to get the numbers back up with our turnout, get those young student-athletes excited about playing football, and see them have fun doing it.”
Daley will have his work cut out for him. Mount Tahoma suffered through a winless 0-10 season in 2013, losing each game by an average of 48-3. Former head coach Kevin Hanis resigned from the program at the end of the season.
Many Tacomans still remember the back-to-back undefeated State AAA Championships the Thunderbirds rattled off in 1979 and 1980. Perhaps change is in the wind.