About Tucker

Tucker Lane has had a long and varied career as an athlete, scholar, and coach. Born in the rural confines of western Colorado, Tucker’s austere upbringing quickly taught him to appreciate the value of knowledge and hard work. Throughout his youth and adolescent years, his days were occupied juggling chores on the family’s small ranch, attending wrestling practice, and reading the many books on the family’s shelf. Often among the top students in his school district, Tucker graduated as the valedictorian of his class, in addition to accruing numerous state and national accolades as a prep wrestler.

College Athletics

His athletic and academic prowess earned him a scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska. The ethics and abilities that guided Tucker through his childhood served him well at the university level, and he graduated as the top student in the department of communication studies. As an athlete, he was the starter at heavyweight for four consecutive seasons, earning multiple rankings within the top-10 in the country, qualifying four times for the NCAA Division I Championships, and culminating his career as one of the winningest wrestlers in school history, with 105 varsity victories. He was twice named to the prestigious CoSida/Capital One Academic All-America team, and in 2018, The Open Mat recognized him as the heavyweight for the Huskers’ All-2000’s Team. During his time in Lincoln, Tucker was also heavily involved with extracurriculars. He served as a student teaching assistant for the university’s introductory communication course, where he was charged with coaching and assessing undergraduate public speaking performance; during his senior season, he was the wrestling team’s representative on the student-athlete advisory committee, which worked to establish positive relationships between the athletic department and university/Lincoln communities; and in 2012, Nebraska Athletics recognized him as a HERO Award recipient for his numerous and meaningful community service efforts.

Wrestling & The WWE

Tucker’s success at Nebraska afforded him various opportunities upon graduation. World Wrestling Entertainment felt like Tucker’s stature as an athlete and exceptional communication abilities gave him vast potential in the sports entertainment industry and despite numerous offers from law schools across the midwest, Tucker decided to accept the WWE’s audition invitation. After several months of training his body and honing his skills on the microphone, he headed to Tampa for his week-long tryout. Although he had an amazing experience getting to know and learning from numerous sports entertainment legends, he ended the week just outside the select few who were awarded guaranteed developmental contracts.

The Citadel

Fortunately for Tucker, while he was training for his run at the WWE, he was simultaneously being recruited by The Citadel to come to Charleston, SC and serve as their graduate assistant wrestling coach. As a recipient of the NCAA postgraduate scholarship, he was able to pursue an advanced degree while imparting his wrestling knowledge on a younger class of student-athletes. During his time in Charleston, he helped guide the Bulldogs to a winning dual meet record, crown a total of seven individual Southern Conference Champions, and see three different student-athletes earn NCAA Division I All-American honors, an extremely rare feat for the small military school of just over 2,000 students. While the results on the mat were impressive during his tenure, Tucker also steadily grew his role in program operations. His primary responsibility at the start of his coaching career was to preside over the Citadel Wrestling Association, where he maintained alumni relations and cultivated program donors. However, it wasn’t long before Tucker was promoted to head assistant coach, which saw him heavily involved in recruitment, travel logistics, and marketing, specifically in the initiation and branding of the program’s social media presence. In the summer of 2015, he graduated with top honors from The Citadel Graduate College with a Master of Business Administration.

Back to Colorado

His work at The Citadel opened the door for Tucker to return home to Colorado, and he accepted a position as the head assistant wrestling coach at the University of Northern Colorado. He was directly involved in all aspects of program operations, from implementing training regimens to appropriating budget imbursements to maintaining recruiting and fundraising databases. He received extensive mentorship and training in organizational management during his time on staff, which included his graduation from the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association CEO Leadership Academy in the summer of 2016. While at Northern Colorado, the Bears saw significant increases in scholarship equivalency and academic performance rating, with the team finishing with a top-20 national GPA during his final season in Greeley.

Love in the Time of Likes

While wrestling was and always will be one of Tucker’s great passions, the complicated feelings that every high-level athlete experiences with his or her sport of choice led Tucker to step away from NCAA coaching in 2018. With less cross-country travel, recruiting calls, and two-a-day workouts consuming his energy, Tucker used his newfound free time to rekindle his childhood passion for books, furiously penning a work of his own. His novel Love in the Time of Likes is a humorous, vulgar, and, sadly, realistic look into the dating world of the social media era and how technology simultaneously facilitates and undermines the human need for love. With hundreds of readers to date and Naturita Community Library Book Club’s choice for book of the month in January 2019, the novel has already done better than a young Tucker, alone in rural Colorado with nothing more than his thoughts and about 75 clucking farm hens surrounding him, could have ever imagined.

Current Life

Hoy en día, Tucker keeps himself busy in a wide array of creative pursuits. He is the co-host of the Big XII wrestling podcast Four-Point Nearfall, available on a wide array of listening apps. He is also the voice of University of Northern Colorado wrestling for the 2019-2020 season, serving as the play-by-play analyst for the Bears on their FloSports broadcasts. He substitute teaches part-time and has been endorsed by the state of Colorado as highly qualified as a Spanish instructor but is happy to teach any student, regardless of age, subject, or ability level, as long as he or she is excited to learn. When the mood strikes, he will sit down and continue pecking away at his second book, which highlights the things he wishes he would have known about college and wrestling before going to college and wrestling. Oh, and he also likes to play free-roll poker, as he enjoys sitting in dingy taverns for hours on end trying to quickly calculate odds in his head as he contemplates how he could use the colorful players among whom he is seated in future stories. He qualified for the Bar Poker Open National Championship in Las Vegas in June 2020, but he isn’t sure if he is going to go. If he does, he probably won’t wear sunglasses, but he definitely will wear his Warren Zevon shirt. On a hat, he’s undecided. If there’s anything else you want to know about Tucker, please feel free to send a message via the contact form. His relationship with social media is complicated, and he may not respond right away if you reach out via Instagram.