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Cloverdale To Dedicate Newly Dubbed ‘Tucker Court’ Saturday Night At CHS

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


The resurfaced hardwood floor inside the gymnasium at Cloverdale High School will be formally dedicated as Tucker Court this coming Saturday, December 5 as the school honors former coach Al Tucker and his family. (Staff Photo) The resurfaced hardwood floor inside the gymnasium at Cloverdale High School will be formally dedicated as Tucker Court this coming Saturday, December 5 as the school honors former coach Al Tucker and his family. (Staff Photo) From an undefeated regular season, to seven sectional championships, a pair of Indiana All-Stars, and a final four appearance, Al Tucker logged many minutes on the sidelines of the Cloverdale High School (CHS) gymnasium during his coaching tenure.

Now, more than 30 years after coaching his final season in 1983-84, a newly resurfaced gym floor will appropriately bare his name. Tucker’s career coaching record is 256-135

CHS will host a ceremonial dedication of Tucker Court this coming Saturday,

December 5 between the junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball contest against visiting Southmont.

“We named it Tucker Court because of Al’s contributions in basketball and other areas as well, he’s also a big part of Dollars for Scholars and things like that,” CHS Athletic Director James Wade said. “The floor was sanded down to nothing, then Cincinnati Flooring came in, took our design and went with it. It’s been a neat process and we’re excited about the dedication.”


On a Wednesday evening in April of 1983, then Cloverdale senior Chad Tucker (center) signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Butler University on a full-athletic scholarship. He was joined by parents Joan and Al Tucker. Al also served as his son’s high school coach. (File Photo) On a Wednesday evening in April of 1983, then Cloverdale senior Chad Tucker (center) signed his National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at Butler University on a full-athletic scholarship. He was joined by parents Joan and Al Tucker. Al also served as his son’s high school coach. (File Photo) CHS Principal Sonny Stoltz will provide the welcome introduction beginning at approximately 7:10 p.m., while former Clovers Rick Ford and Brad Tucker will speak about Tucker as a coach.

Cloverdale Community Schools Superintendent Greg Linton introduce Vivian Whitaker, who will introduce Bob Steele. Whitaker will also speak about the Tucker family’s philanthropic efforts for Putnam County. Bob Steele will speak about the family’s accomplishments and assistance through Dollars for Scholars, and introduce Tucker.

Beginning as an assistant under coach Jim Miller, Tucker was on staff when the Clovers made their way to the state’s Sweet 16 round of play during the 1964-65 season, and again in 1965-66 when CHS boasted the best record in the state, 27-2, ending the year at the final four.

Tucker’s teams also produced a pair of Indiana All-Stars, including his late son Chad, who remains the all-time leading scorer at Butler University.

Al Tucker was also elected to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors in 2011 and received the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Putnam County Community Foundation. He and his wife, Joan, make their home in Cloverdale, where Al retired from the insurance business.

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