During the awards of the New Haven Invitational, John Tucker, coach of the New Haven Track & Field and Cross Country team, was awarded Coach Of The Year by the state of Missouri.
When asked about how he felt when he received it, he said, “I was humbled. It took a while to sink in, but I was humbled.”
He was then questioned on how he felt the award would affect him and the New Haven Community, and he replied with, “It won’t change me and I will continue to do what I do. It was nice to earn, but I don’t think it will change anything. I don’t know if it will affect the community that much, to be honest. I think this award shows what the combination of athletic kids, supportive parents, and coaches can achieve.”
Then he was asked what motivated him to coach, and he replied with, “I really enjoy working with teenagers to help improve themselves to become the best they can.”
After that he was given the question if there was anybody he’d like to thank for helping him become the coach he is today. He answered with, “I would like to thank my Cross Country coach Wayne Baldwin who was also my coaching mentor when I was a student teacher at Kirkwood High School.”
Last he was questioned what was next for him, and he responded, “To do as well as we can do in State Cross Country and have the same success for both boys and girls Cross Country.”
Thank you, Mr. Tucker, for coaching our teams and continuing our Tradition Of Excellence. Keep working those athletes hard to get them to state again. Good luck!