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A graduate of the Saint Bonaventure class of 2000, Tucker earned 6 Varsity letters in 2 sports during his tenure as a Seraph. During his Junior year, Tucker rotated between all Defensive line positions while earning All Tri-Valley and All Ventura County League Honors on the field. During his senior football campaign, as the Varsity Captain for the Seraph’s first undefeated football season in 1999, Tucker anchored one of Saint Bonaventure’s most renowned defenses pinning their Tri-Valley league opponents to a then record 10 points for the entire season. Following the 1999 undefeated Season, Tucker was named All-Tri Valley League, All Ventura County, All CIF Player of the year, All-State as well as a Los Angeles Times Defensive All-Star. During the Spring, Tucker spent an exceptional amount of time on the mound for the Seraphs baseball team; as Captain senior year, he worked to a 9-1 record his during the Seraphs 3rd consecutive race to the CIF Semi-Finals.
Following a very successful athletic and academic career at Saint Bonaventure, Tucker accepted an appointment from Congressman Elton Gallegly to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Continuing to play football, Tucker was moved to the Offensive Line of Paul Johnson’s triple option during a transitional period of the US Naval Academy Football program. His Senior year marked one of the most remarkable turnarounds in College football history, sending the Midshipmen to meet President George W. Bush following their first Commander and Chief Trophy, (beating both Army and Air Force), in 8 years. Additionally the Midshipmen attended the 2003 Houston Bowl against Texas Tech University, the Midshipmen’s first bowl game since 1996. – Of significance: Tucker BEAT ARMY 3 out of 4 years on the football field! (Which is all that really matters)
One small stint as an assistant Offensive coach in 2004 at the Naval Academy concluded Tucker’s career in football. His career as a Naval Officer included a tour aboard USS COWPENS (CG-63) in Yokosuka Japan as the First Lieutenant; a tour with the US Army Special Forces in the Philippines, and a tour to Guam as the Officer in charge of a US Navy Security Detachment which would eventually take him to Kuwait where he would meet his beautiful wife Meakin, (also a US Naval Academy Graduate and Varity Athlete, Class of 2005). Tucker’s experiences in the Navy took him to over 25 countries and US territories, exposing him to some of the most important leadership and professional experiences possible – Following a short Tour in San Diego, Tucker finished his Naval career in 2009 and now works as a Management Consultant for Deloitte in Washington DC.

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