🚨🚨🚨 Breaking News: Taft’s Basketball Coach Jason Tucker needs to Jump Ship Quick!!!

Taft’s Head Basketball Coach Jason Tucker. Photo via Twitter

We’ve all heard the saying “ to be the best, you have to beat the best.” Taft’s head basketball coach Jason Tucker wants respect but he’s in a tough spot to earn it.

Tucker enters his first full year as boys basketball head coach at Taft High School. He played basketball for Elmwood Park High School. He was a two time All-Conference player and all area player his senior year. He played college ball at William Penn University in Iowa.

All of his personal playing experience and success aside, Tucker has his hands full in looking to emulate similar success at Taft.

Taft “ would love to win the White North,” Coach Tucker told ChiScoops, “ and take a shot a getting to a regional title and winning 20 games.”

Versus who? That’s the question. Winning 20 games against bottom of the barrel teams doesn’t prove a thing.

His stated goal to compete with the city powers isn’t something that would seem to happen anytime soon but that thought hasn’t deterred him or his staff. They are working tirelessly promoting the brand and have a few talented players in the program to start the building process. Tucker seems to be driven to see his team amongst the elite in the city, though they are nowhere near that at this time.

Tucker was previously the head basketball coach at Luther North for 7 years, compiling a respectful 121-69 record, with his best season coming in 2014-2015 (24-6). His teams never were able to get games vs top competition, in his last 3 years at Luther, they just beat up on the low-level competition they faced. He also coached at Sullivan HS for 1 year, going 17-11.

The level of competition coaching at LNHS and Sullivan didn’t give a good gauge on his coaching ability, but his team did improve over his time there!

While his strength has been in his preparation on play design, it will take talent to win on this level. Time will tell how well he is able to recruit high level student/athletes to attend Taft, but if he’s not able to over the next few years, there won’t be many other stories on Taft or Coach Tucker.

Finally, respect must be earned. If Coach Tucker wants it, he might need to find another sideline to roam. Taft is not who the best of the best care to compete with.


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