Northern State University head basketball coach Saul Phillips announced today the completion of his staff with the addition of Taylor Tucker as an assistant coach. Tucker joins the Wolves after two seasons as the assistant at Monmouth College.
“Taylor comes to me highly recommended from an excellent head coach and trusted friend at Monmouth College,” explained Phillips. “His work ethic and dedication to doing things the right way made him a good fit at Northern.”
The Scots won the 2018 conference overall and tournament championships in Tucker’s first season with the program, while also qualifying for the NCAA Championships first round. Prior to his time at Monmouth, Tucker was the assistant coach at Olivet Nazarene in 2016-17.
“I’m excited to get started with everything,” noted Tucker. “Northern has a ton of tradition. I look forward being a part of that tradition and helping continue the many years of success.”
In his three years of collegiate experience, Tucker has coach the CCAC Freshman of the Year and NAIA All-American Nick Reed (ONU) and back-to-back Midwest Conference Players of the Year, Will Carius and Will Jones (MC).
He is a 2016 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. Tucker played three seasons at ONU, making two NAIA National Tournament appearances. The Tigers won the 2015 regular season and tournament conference championships in his junior campaign. Tucker was named an NAIA Academic All-American in both 2015 and 2016. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Kinesiology Pedagogy from the University of Central Missouri.
Tucker resides in Aberdeen with his wife, Maddie.