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Monday, August 2, 2010

Coach Waldon Tucker

The list of coaching legends in Alabama from the high school ranks is impressive to say the least. Such names as Glenn Daniel, Waldon Tucker, Steve Savarese, Spence McCracken, Wayne Trawick and Robert Higginbotham come to mind. Glenn Daniel set the standard for overall wins with a record of 302-169-16 at Luverne and Pine Hill over the course of forty-six years through the 1992 season.

The 2010 season could very well have a new coach at the top before the season is halfway completed. After extensive research and the aid of several others interested in completing Coach Tucker's record I feel very comfortable that he has amassed a record of 299-123-3. That would put him in line to surpass Coach Daniel with four wins in the upcoming season.

We have put together a chronological list of Coach Tucker's coaching career.

1964 - Starred at QB for the Linden Red Devils and led them to a 10-0 record and the Class AA State Title as awarded by the Associated Press and the Birmingham Post-Herald.. He was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Birmingham News.

1965 - In his senior season for the Red Devils Tucker was named Co-captain as the team finished with an 8-2 record and captured the Black Belt Championship once again. He was named 2nd team All-State at quarterback by the AP voters. He rushed for 929 yards and threw for another 631 yards while being named to the All Black Belt Conference Team.

1966-69 - Played for Livingston University as a wide receiver.

1968 - Tucker caught 40 passes for over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns for Livingston.

1969 - He caught 36 passes for 835 yards in his senior season at Livingston. He left as Livingston's all time leading receiver with 78 catches for 1570 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a side note the tailback for Livingston that season was none other than the AISA coaching legend Robbie James.

1971 - He worked as a student assistant at Livingston on what would be a National Championship team.

1974-1977 - Coach Tucker landed his first head coaching job with Demopolis Academy. He would compile a record of 25-16-3 in four season and make an appearance in the 1974 AISA State Championship game losing to Crenshaw Christian 7-0.

1978-1983 - A six year stint at Gordo proved to be a very successful for the coach as he managed a record of 54-15 winning a State Title in 1980 with a 14-0 team.

1984-2010 - Coach Tucker jumped to Fayette County in 1984 and over the past 27 seasons has put together a very nice 220-92 record coming into the 2010 season. He would win another State Championship in 1996.

Other Notes:
* Four Undefeated Regular Seasons - 1980, 1981, 1989, 1996.

* In 1988 he was elected into the Livingston University Hall of Fame.

* Alabama Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1996.

* Won State Title in 1980 and 1996. Finished as runner-up in 1975 and 2000.

* 41-24 playoff record

* 100-34 region record with eleven region championships

* Fifteen season with ten or more wins.

* His teams made the playoffs twenty-six times.

David Parker

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