New coach has ties to Clarence Cannon Conference

Quentin Hamner has been selected to succeed Mark St. Clair as Hannibal High School’s head football coach. Like the hall of fame coach he follows, Hamner's resume includes many successes from throughout his career.

Clint Graham, activities director for the Hannibal School District #60, said the selection committee took into account Hamner's "overall resume and experience that he has had" when making its recommendation to district officials.

Hamner is no stranger to Northeast Missouri football. He coached Clark County to a 12-1 record and a state quarterfinal berth in 2012. That season he was selected the Clarence Cannon Coach of the Year and Northeast Missouri District Coach of the Year.

Hamner did not land the Hannibal job based solely on prior achievements.

"During the (job) interview you could tell his passion and love for the game," Graham said. "What he talked about bringing to Hannibal is pretty exciting. We look forward to having him on the staff, taking the program over and building it toward the future."

While still months away from gridiron season, Graham said hiring a head football coach now is beneficial. "He can start building relationships with the players and coaching staff," he said.

Despite Hamner's resume and enthusiasm, he was not a lock for the job.

"There was a lot of interest and a lot of good candidates," Graham said. "We had a really tough decision to make. We had a lot of good conversations and had to look at a lot of things. It was really tough for the hiring committee. … Looking at the big picture and everything combined we thought coach Hamner was the best fit for the program right now," Graham said.

Hamner will be officially introduced during a press conference Friday morning at the district's main office.

danny.henley@courierpost.com