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Tucker to coach football at San Ysidro

05/07/2013, 8:48pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Former Navy lieutenant already athletic director, basketball coach for Cougars.

Terry Tucker is wearing multiple hats at San Ysidro High.

San Ysidro High didn’t look far to find its new football coach.

The Cougars, who sought a replacement following Tyler Arciaga’s departure to Mar Vista, snatched up their athletic director and basketball coach — Terry Tucker — for the vacancy.

San Ysidro Principal Hector Espinoza said Tucker will retain his current duties as basketball coach and AD.

“It will be a challenge, certainly, but we felt that all those responsibilities blend into his job description as athletic director anyway,” Espinoza said.

“If it were a concern for us or him, Terry certainly wouldn’t be placed in that position. We believe he has qualities and the support from the school to handle the job and accomplish some great things.”

It’s the first high school football coaching job for Tucker, a retired Navy lieutenant. He has a decade of football coaching experience, guiding a Kearny Mesa Pop Warner team from 1993 to 2003.

As a basketball coach, Tucker has compiled a 172-95 record, producing three consecutive league championships, four consecutive 20-win seasons and five straight playoff appearances at San Ysidro. In 2006, Tucker guided Crawford to a San Diego Section Division III championship.

“We want to establish a reputation of playing good, hard, fundamental football,” Tucker said in a news release.

Juan Neria, director of the Associated Student Body at San Ysidro, called Tucker an “outstanding technical and fundamental coach.”

“He has formed a relationship with some of the core guys on the team as athletic director,” Neria said in the release. “I think that is going to be a plus for him, too. He may not have as difficult a transition time as someone who comes in from outside the building.”

In a shuffle of South County football coaches, Arciaga moved to Mar Vista, and Mariners coach Brian Hay moved to Sweetwater.

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