Ohio State athletics released some sad news on Monday, announcing the passing of former coach and administrator Bob Tucker.
The release said Tucker, 73, suffered a sudden heart attack and died Sunday at his home in Worthington, Ohio.
Tucker spent 15 years as a coach and an administrator with the Buckeyes, serving as outside linebackers coach from 1979-81 and then defensive coordinator from 1982-84 under Earle Bruce. He also coached at Iowa State with Bruce for six years.
The Sandusky, Ohio, native spent 11 years as head coach at his alma mater, the College of Wooster, before joining Jim Tressel’s staff at Youngstown State in 1997. From there, Tucker came to Columbus with Tressel and served as director of operations from 2001-2009.
During that stretch he played a roll in the 2002 national championship and six Big Ten championship teams.
Most recently, he served as a liaison for military visits and recognitions.
Tucker also coached at Penn State, where he was a graduate assistant under Joe Paterno in 1965 and 1966, as well as Wichita State and Massillon High School.
He earned his master’s degree in physical health and education from Penn State in 1967.