RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

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RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

Postby SK80 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:52 pm

#GodSpeed Coach Tucker you were a legend to so many Orange County kids who wore the uniform. Condolences to my CDM Family and my classmates Rhett and Clay Tucker.

Legendary Pirate football head coach Dick Tucker dies

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COSTA MESA -- Dick Tucker, Orange Coast College's most successful football coach who helped guide the Pirates to a pair of national championships in 1963 and 1975, died Thursday at the age of 92.

Also, Dick's wife, Phillippa Tucker, also passed away on Thursday at the age of 90. The couple were married for 68 years.

Tucker, a member of OCC's Physical Education and Athletics Division staff for 33 years, led the Pirates to four conference titles and compiled a 129-102-5 record over his 24-year coaching career (1962-1985). In addition to his coaching responsibilities for the football and men's golf programs at OCC, Tucker was the school's Athletic Director for more than a decade.

The 1963 OCC football team helped put the college on the global map as the Pirates rose from obscurity to go 10-0 and defeated Northwestern Oklahoma A&M, 21-0, in the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena in front of 44,044 fans to win the school's first-ever national championship.


Welcome to Dick Tucker Field at Orange Coast College
https://www.ocregister.com/2016/07/07/w ... t-college/

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Re: RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

Postby TheFan » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:07 am

The guy in the early 80's was still running the veer effectively. Good coach, well respected in JC community.

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Re: RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

Postby SK80 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:46 am

Ohhhh how things have changed, Dick Tuckers National JC Championship team packed 44,000 at the Rosebowl that day......

Dunn: Remembering the 1963 OCC title team
https://www.ocregister.com/2013/05/03/d ... itle-team/

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The Orange Coast College football team takes the field for the Junior Rose Bowl game in 1963.

"The 1963 Orange Coast College football team, the Junior Rose Bowl champions and top-ranked team in the country when junior college gridiron rankings were considered monumental and crowds overflowed at OCC’s LeBard Stadium. During that storied season, kids would climb trees to get a glimpse of the action. While heartthrobs Tony Bennett and the Beatles were capturing the imagination of young Americans, legendary former OCC football coach Dick Tucker’s team charmed local sports fans with its own mania.

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At least 30 years before the digital age, and two years before the hit television sitcom “Get Smart” featured a character with a spy shoe phone that was the most outrageous of telecommunications, the hottest ticket in town was junior college football. The Rams and Angels were still in Los Angeles and there were no major sports teams in Orange County. Junior college sports were king. It was a time before anyone called them “community colleges.”"

“The stands were packed every week, and people would be hanging from the ivy (on the fringe of the stadium). That (national championship) was nothing but Coach Tucker. He’s the one who did it. There wasn’t a kid on that team who wouldn’t have died for that guy. He touched all of us personally.” ~ Mike Hunter FB OCC

Hunter later played football at USC under celebrated coach John McKay. “McKay was wonderful and Van Hoorebeke was wonderful, but Tucker was the greatest,” Hunter said.

Hunter, a prep All-American halfback and Orange County Player of the Year for Anaheim High and Coach Clare Van Hoorebeke in 1961, starred on Tucker's first two OCC teams, which combined for a 19-1 record, then played under Coach John McKay at USC.

"Van Hoorebeke, Tucker and McKay ... what guy could be more blessed than that?"

A little side noted, all purpose player Mike Hunter was at SERVITE for their first class year before TRANSFERRING to ANAHEIM! So never say NEVER, what comes around goes around and nothing remains the same forever..... :lol:

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Re: RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

Postby Professor Fate » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:13 pm

SK80 wrote:Source of the post Mike Hunter was at SERVITE for their first class year

If Hunter was a senior in 1961, that would have made him a freshman during the '58 season during which Servite only fielded a "C" team. If he was still at Servite the following season, Servite only played a "JV" schedule. The third season, '60, Servite fielded its first Varsity team, and were the CIF Small Schools Co-Champions, fielding only sophomores and juniors. Did Hunter get in on that, or was he already gone to Anaheim?
Well, obviously we have giant butterflies in CA. They's climbin' in your windows, They's snatchin' your people up, tryin' to steal 'em. So y'all need to hide your kids, hide your stars, and hide your coaches cause they're grabin' everybody out here.

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Re: RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

Postby TheFan » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:55 am

I can remember seeing Cerritos College, OCC, Santa Ana, Mt Sac, Vets at or near capacity up to the mid 70's for big games...By the early 80's Big JC games were still drawing 5k, and Bakersfield average 15k to 19k until the early 90's...times have changed,...BCC used to travel three or four thousand for big games ....

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Re: RIP ~ COACH TUCKER

Postby Professor Fate » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:38 pm

Part of the blame lies at the feet of the sports reporters. Try to find the report of the previous night's community college games, or a schedule of the upcoming week's games in the Register. You can't.

This is the best site I've found for such information.

http://www.scfafootball.com/landing/index
Well, obviously we have giant butterflies in CA. They's climbin' in your windows, They's snatchin' your people up, tryin' to steal 'em. So y'all need to hide your kids, hide your stars, and hide your coaches cause they're grabin' everybody out here.

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