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Anthony Hamlet named Pittsburgh schools superintendent

PITTSBURGH -- Officials say a former professional football player has been tapped to be the next superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

City school directors voted Wednesday evening to offer a five-year contract to Anthony Hamlet.

Hamlet had been the director of accountability transformation in the School District of Palm Beach in Florida since June 2014. His résumé states that he oversaw 20 low-performing schools and managed budgets totaling more than $128 million. Hamlet has received five principal of the year awards.

He was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts in the early 1990s. He later played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

The Pittsburgh teachers' union said Hamlet brings a wealth and diversity of experience.

Current Superintendent Linda Lane retires June 30.