Lindsey Tucker Varsity Softball Coach 1980 - 2007Lindsey Tucker was a “south-ender” of Richland, WA and this was where much of his philosophy regarding competition was honed. Lindsey, a 1976 Richland High school (RHS) grad, played football, basketball, and baseball for Hall of Fame coaches J. D. Covington, Phil Neill, Glenn Meinke, and Fran Rish. The son of a long-time umpire and fastpitch player Russ Tucker and softball matriarch, Joyce, Lindsey and sister Darci were pretty much residents at the old Memorial Ball Park in Richland. This is where Tucker learned the nuances of the game from area legends such as Eddie Feigner, Jimmy Jones, RG Feaster, and Byrne Haskins. While an undergrad at EWU, Tucker began playing fastpitch for various teams in the Tri-City area and became one of the many “Weekend Warriors” who would travel all over the State to compete in numerous fastpitch tournaments.
After receiving his BA, Tucker began his teaching and coaching career in Umatilla, OR in 1981. As a middle school teacher and head coach of the girls’ basketball team, he continued to travel and play competitive softball for four years. He met his future wife, Shelly, while competing in a Regional Fastpitch tournament in Spokane during the summer of 1983. In 1985, the newly married Tuckers moved to Grandview, WA where he taught Language Arts, coached basketball, and established the school’s first softball program (slow pitch).
Five years later, the Tucker’s moved to Richland where they welcomed their daughter Kelcey to the line-up. While teaching at Hanford Middle School, Lindsey was an assistant football coach, head girls basketball coach, and its first fastpitch varsity coach. Over the course of the next sixteen years, the fastpitch program garnered twenty-one championships that was highlighted by 2003’s State Championship, fifteen State Tournament appearances, eight All-State Player Awards, and a combined record of 319 wins and 110 loses. Also in this time frame, forty-two players were recognized as Conference All-Stars and a total of thirty-two players went on to play at the college level including one Junior Olympian, Holly Krzan. Lindsey has been honored seven times as Mid-Valley Softball Coach of the Year, twice as Tri-City Herald All-Area Softball Coach of the Year, and once as the Seattle Times Softball Coach of the Year in 2003.The pinnacle of his career was coaching Kelcey the last 3 years of his coaching career.
Tucker credits his players’ dedication to excellence, his family’s support and his assistant coaches for the phenomenal success of the program. Bill Gority, Dr. David Carroll, Chad Grall, Greg Sevigny, Jeff Crow, Rob Oram, Mike Edwards, Lindsay (Haskins) Gailey, Kay Benson, Stephanie Hogan, Adrian Ochoa, Leslie and DJ Guereca were members of the management team that recognized and embraced the value of hard work and commitment.
Retired from coaching, Lindsey misses the fellowship of umpires, athletic directors, coaches, clinicians, parents, and players. He does not, however, miss the bus rides.