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New Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Tucker Photo by Melissa Parra.

New Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Tucker Photo by Melissa Parra.

New Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Tucker Photo by Melissa Parra.

New Head Boys Basketball Coach Jason Tucker Photo by Melissa Parra.

Melissa Parra, Reporter

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     With Coach Aaron Levin’s move to college basketball, Jason Tucker takes over as the new Boys Basketball varsity coach for the 2018-19 season.

     Tucker played basketball for Elmwood Park High School. He was a two time All-Conference player and all area player his senior year. He then played a season at William Penn University in Iowa on a basketball scholarship. Tucker then transferred to Concordia Chicago, where he played for the rest of his college career.

     Prior to this season, Tucker was head basketball coach for seven seasons at Luther North and coached a season at

Sullivan High School, during which he had won two regional titles and two conference titles.

     “Taft is my dream job. I love the school and love it’s potential in building a great program,” said Tucker, “I want to build young men into great men one day. Coaching is way more than X’s and O’s.”

     In 2015 and 2017, the IBCA (Illinois Basketball Coaches Association) named Tucker the District Coach of the Year. He was named Coach of the Year of the Blue North last year by the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association.

     This season, his goal is to contend for the White North in order to make it to the power conference next season. He believes the boys team at Taft can make that a reality.

     All players are adapting to Coach Tucker’s new system.

     “He put in a different system. It works better for all the players,” said  Isaiah Milanovic ( DIV. 932). He added, “Coach Tucker put in a better offense for us and we work better as a team, and I feel that he is going to be better.”

     Even with new conditions for this season, the players are transitioning well.

     “Tucker yells a lot more, he gets us to work harder, and I feel like he is going to be a better coach. With his help, we’d win conference, win city, and state and get as far as we can,” said Karlin Chavez (DIV. 932).

     As the season continues, both the players and Coach Tucker have set high expectations.

     “I expect all players to want to get better. Winning isn’t something that happens over night. We have to buy into the process and get better every day,” said Tucker.

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