Mel Tucker has been named Michigan State University’s new head football trainer, the team declared this afternoon. Tucker, 48, will come back to where his coaching career started – he was a graduate assistant under now Alabama head football trainer Nick Saban.
“Returning home to Michigan State is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and my family but it created the toughest decision of my life — to leave Colorado,” Tucker said in the news release.
“There is no way to fully express my gratitude to the Buffalo student-athletes, Rick George, and our staff. I am incredibly thankful for our time together and I will always believe in Colorado football.”
The 23-year coaching veteran’s decision to resign his previous head coaching work at Colorado State University left the program heartbroken.
“We are disappointed to see Coach Tucker leave,” Rick George, the school’s athletic director, said in a news release. He said a search for Tucker’s replacement was already underway.
Tucker’s resume remembers five seasons as a defensive mentor for the Southeastern Conference (2000, 2015-18), four seasons at Ohio State (2001-04), and 10 seasons in the NFL (2005-14). He earned the head coaching work at the University of Colorado simply a year ago.
Tucker’s been to 11 postseason bowl matches and dominated two national championships with Ohio State University (2002) and Alabama (2015). He has a 106-36 overall record as a full-time college football trainer.
Tucker graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1995, where he played both cornerback and security.