Reggie Tucker Feels at Home as Cleveland Blue Raiders Head Coach
Cleveland, TN-(WDEF-TV) Since taking over as Cleveland’s head basketball coach in 2019, Reggie Tucker has guided the Blue Raiders back to the state tournament, and he even helped the school earn their first ever number one ranking. Tucker takes a lot of pride in being a Blue Raider since he’s a Cleveland graduate.
If the current Cleveland players enjoy being coached by Reggie Tucker, they likely would have enjoyed playing with him too. Tucker shared the sugar during his playing days with the Blue Raiders, where he averaged 10 assists a game.
Said Tucker:”I averaged 12 points and 10 assists in high school. I was never the leading scorer, and I was getting recruited. I said you can do other things to play at that level.”
Tucker eventually wound up at LSU, where he met the big t
Said Tucker:”Of course it was ridiculous. We had nobody that could guard Shaq you know what I’m saying. Pick-up games were like okay, we throw it to Shaq. Shaq turn around and dunk it, or we foul him, and they get the ball back. I mean it was so unfair.”
Tucker spent seven years as an assistant coach at Cleveland before replacing Clay McGowan.
Said Tucker:”One thing about Coach McGowan. He made me feel like a head coach.”
Tucker is easy to spot on the Cleveland bench.
He always has that white towel.
Said Tucker:”One day I wasn’t feeling well. One game it was actually my first year, and I was sweatin’ like crazy, but I got a towel and just stuck with it.”
Tucker’s team might make him sweat sometimes, but he’s cool with it.
Said Tucker:”I’m living the dream. I really am. I really am. It doesn’t feel like a job to me. It doesn’t feel like work to me. I’ve got a great support system here. Our principal. Our AD. Just my co-workers period. That’s my goal ever morning when I wake up. I get an opportunity every day to make a difference in a young kid’s life. Not a lot of people get to do that. I get an opportunity to do it every day, and I take advantage of it. I don’t take it for granted at all.”