|Other Position:||Director of Football Operations|
Robert Tucker is in his third year as the director of football operations and recruiting and his fourth year overall at the University of Colorado, having joined the CU staff in January 2006 in continuing his long association with head coach Dan Hawkins.
He was promoted to his current position in the spring of 2007 after serving as the assistant in his first year in Boulder.
Tucker, 35, came to Colorado with Hawkins from Boise State, where he spent five seasons as the Broncos safeties coach and recruiting coordinator. In four of those five seasons, he coached one of his safeties to first-team All-WAC honors, including Quintin Mikell, who was the 2002 Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year who has gone on to play in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He first joined the Boise State coaching staff in 2000, working as a defensive graduate assistant for the Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl champions. He was then promoted to full-time status the next season.
Prior to arriving at Boise State, Tucker served as teamwork coordinator at the University of Oregon for the 1999 season (from June to January), spending most of his time with the Ducks specializing in recruiting.
Tucker graduated from Willamette University in 1997 with a degree in psychology, where he played for Hawkins. He earned four letters in football, playing defensive back, and earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors at safety as a senior in 1996.
His first coaching position came at his alma mater, as for the 1997 and 1998 seasons, he was the assistant defensive backs and defensive line coach, the first year under Hawkins and the next for Mark Speckman. In his two years as an assistant coach, Tucker helped Willamette go 20-4, win a conference championship and advance to the NAIA National Championship game in '97.
Following each of those seasons, from January to June, Tucker crossed the Atlantic and was a player/coach for the semi-pro Molosses team in Asnieres of the French Federation of American Football. Tucker led the team to an overall two-year record of 17-6-1 as the team's head coach, including playing in the 1999 French National Championship. He then moved on to Division I-A football for the first time and joined the Oregon program.
While coaching at Boise State, Tucker earned his master's degree in physical education and athletic administration from Idaho State University in 2001.
He was born July 10, 1974 in Tucson, Ariz., and graduated Grant High School (Sacramento, Calif.) in 1993, where lettered in football and baseball. He is married to the former Oriana Santos.