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Former Washington and Lee track standout John Tucker is in his 18th season directing his alma mater’s men’s cross country program. Tucker also serves as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s track programs, and is a three-time USA Track & Field Level II certified coach.

Tucker has helped establish the cross country program into one of the best in the league and the region over his first 17 years. W&L has won the league championship five times and has placed second five other times in his 17 years. W&L has also finished in the top eight in the region 11 of the last 17 seasons, including a first place finish in 1995 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III championships. Tucker was named the NCAA South Region Coach of the Year that year and has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year five times.

Tucker has guided the Generals to the ODAC Championship each of the past two seasons, while mentoring Nathan Johnson to ODAC Runner of the Year honors boths seasons.

Tucker is a 1977 graduate of W&L, where he was a four-year track letterman and a two-year captain. The sprinter was a member of ODAC champion and school-record setting relay teams in 1976 and 1977. He also won the Forest Fletcher Trophy as the team's MVP each of his final two seasons.

Following graduation, Tucker served as an assistant track coach at the neighboring Virginia Military Institute. In 1985, he became the head coach of track and cross country at Charlotte Country Day School, leading the school to two state and three conference championships before returning to his alma mater in 1988.

Tucker is still an active competitor at the master’s level, earning All-America honors in five different events and collecting four silver medals in USA Track & Field national competitions.

In 2000, Tucker was the gold medalist at the USA Track & Field National Championships in the 50-54 pentathalon which includes the long jump, javelin, 200 meters, discus and 1,500 meters.

Tucker and his wife, Sandra, make their home in Rockbridge County.


Contact: Brian Laubscher
Sports Information Director
PO Drawer 928
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-8670