Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information


Inducted: 2006
Years at Loras: 1981-2005
Sport: Cross Country/Track Coach



  • In the 25 years Tucker has devoted to Loras, he has made a difference in the lives of thousands on the track and football field, in the classroom, through special seminars and summer sports camps.

  • Tucker began coaching at Loras in 1981 as men's head track coach and assistant football coach. In 14 seasons under Tucker, the Duhawk men's track team captured six Iowa Conference outdoor titles, including four straight (1987-90) and an indoor (2005 when his team took the outdoor also). His Duhawks won seven Iowa College State Championships, including five straight (1986-90). Loras was the NAIA District 15 champion in 1984, 1985 and 1986. After the school moved into NCAA Division III, the Duhawks were fourth in the 1989 indoor and fifth in the 1989 outdoor nationals. Of the 47 Loras track All-Americans through 1992, 32 came during Tucker's coaching years. Tucker was head cross country coach two years (1984-85) and in 1985, Loras was the District NAIA champion. When women's track was introduced in 1985, Tucker guided the program from its infancy until 1992, winning the conference outdoor title in 1987.

  • The honors have been many: NAIA District 15 cross country Coach of the Year in 1985, District 15 track Coach of the Year in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and four-time Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2005.

  • For 18 years Tucker chaired the Department of Physical Education, and in 1983 he founded the nationally acclaimed Loras College All-Sports Camp which he still directs with his wife Judy.