Cloverdale has had many successful boys’ basketball programs but maybe no more special than under head coach, Al Tucker. He has not coached there since 1984, but he compiled a 256-135 record and won seven sectional championships and made it to a final four. He also produced two Indiana All-Stars. Because of his success, his name has been painted on the court at Cloverdale and will officially be dedicated to him this Saturday when Cloverdale hosts Southmont. It will be between the junior varsity and varsity games.
Tucker was not only a successful part of Cloverdale boys’ basketball, but he contributed a lot to the community including a lot of volunteer work for the Dollars for Scholars.
Cloverdale principal Sonny Stoltz will start the speaking at approximately 7:10 p.m. and Rick Ford and Brad Tucker will also be there to talk about the coach.
Tucker was elected into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors in 2011. In 2014 he was awarded the Spirt of Philanthropy award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the board of directors in the Putnam County Community Foundation.
Al Tucker still lives with his wife in Cloverdale, where he retired from the insurance business.