Thacker steps down as YHS athletic director

Brian WilkinsonNovember 1, 2012 

Tammy Thacker, who has served as Yosemite High School's athletic director the past six years, has stepped down from her AD position. She will stay on the YHS staff part-time continuing to teach her leadership class and a careers in education class. She will also continue to serve as the school's activity director.

In an e-mail sent to YHS coaches and staff members Oct. 23, Thacker said she was stepping down from the AD position due to a variety of health issues and personal reasons and will help during the transition period.

Principal Ed Van Hoose is working on selecting a new AD for the school.

"I commend Tammy for all the hard work and dedication she provided the athletic department and coaches over the past six years," Van Hoose said. "We are fortunate she is remaining on staff as a teacher and activities director."

Thacker, a 1986 Yosemite High graduate, played varsity volleyball for three years under coach Valinda Clevenger, before attending California State University, Fresno, where she played volleyball for four years. She was the first student from Yosemite to receive a full NCAA athletic scholarship to a Div. I college.

She graduated from CSUF in 1990 with her teaching credential and started her teaching career at Raymond-Knowles Elementary School, where she taught seventh and eighth grade for seven years.

She came to Yosemite High in 2001 as a math teacher. That same year, she served as assistant varsity volleyball coach and was named head coach in 2002, serving in that capacity through 2010.

Her 2005 team, lead by Megan Cable, Amanda Pol, Taylor Hutchison and Sharon Barr, won the CIF Central Section Div. II Championship. In addition, her teams won outright or shared the North Sequoia League Championship five times.

The last team she coached in 2010, finished the season 17-8 overall, was NSL co-champs with Chowchilla and was seeded No. 13 in the section Div. II playoffs, losing in the first round to No. 6 seed Exeter.

Sonja Mazaira succeeded her as head volleyball coach after the 2010 season.

"I loved being Yosemite High's athletic director," Thacker said. "Although we have experienced many challenges the past few years, we have experienced many more successes."

Thacker said she is looking forward to focusing on student activities and the amazing leadership students at Yosemite High.

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