By LARRY VAUGHT
After being out of the National Football League for two seasons, Tim Masthay is ready to start a new potential career as a volunteer assistant coach for the Centre College men’s soccer team.
The former all-Southeastern Conference punter at the University of Kentucky had a six-year career with the Green Bay Packers that included a Super Bowl championship. He had a career average of 44.2 yards per punt.
He’s always played and been infatuated with soccer, so when he had a chance to join the Division III program at Centre he took it. Masthay and his wife, Amanda, have been back living in Lexington over a year with their three children — ages 6, 3 and 1.
He knows his wife had no objections to him making the 45-minute drive to Danville to coach.
“After having me at home the past two years, I think she is ready for me to be out of the house,” Masthay said. “She loves the idea and is excited about it. She had done Governor’s Scholar (when she was in high school) at Centre and loved her experience there. Our whole experience with Danville and Centre College has been very positive.
“I’ve been helping (Centre coach) Jeb (Burch) through the spring. He has a well-oiled machine with this program,” Masthay said. “He’s a great guy for me to learn from. He was not only welcoming and accessible but he runs a very stable program. I’ve been helping out and doing whatever I could.”
He’ll work one of Centre’s summer soccer camps as well as continuing his work with Kohl’s Kicking Camp, which has 150 camps nationwide and is used by ESPN to rank kickers, punters and snappers.
“My commitment to Centre College is through the fall season and then we will see what the situation is at that point,” Masthay said. “For the time being, we will remain living in Lexington because I actually enjoy the scenic drive to Danville.
“I’ve really been impressed with the student-athletes on the team. They seem like a bunch of really good guys and are a pleasure to work with. It’s going to be a great experience for me.”