Tenaya Tucker

Private Softball Coach 

Tucker comes from a one year stint as the assistant coach at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL, where she mentored the Commodores pitching staff & young outfield. As well as duties performed on the field, Tucker managed the program budget, travel schedule and team academics. At Gulf Coast State College, Tucker played a heavy role in making sure the athletes were prepared to move on, athletically and academically. In just one year, Tucker was able to see 3 young women through to the next level; one is headed to Newberry College in Newberry, SC and two are bound for Marshall University in Huntington, WV.


Tucker, a native of Antelope, CA, had a standout career at UNC Charlotte from 2008-11 where she was a two-time First Team All-Mid Atlantic Region selection, leading the 49ers in batting average (.388), hits (66), home runs (12) and RBIs (47) as a senior. She is still at the top of the record book for single-season slugging percentage record (.712) and on base percentage (.467), as well as the career leader in putouts (1,342).


Following her career at Charlotte, Tucker was named the assistant coach at University of Delaware where she supported in the development of the Blue Hen’s offense and outfield for two seasons. During her time at Delaware, Tucker played professionally in Italy for DES Caserta, earning the Italian Professional Softball League Championship MVP in 2012.
After a four year stint coaching Varsity softball and basketball at her alma mater, Roseville High School in Roseville, CA, Tucker was named the Assistant Softball Coach at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. 


Tucker’s first year at Oakland, the team went from pre-season picked 5th to 2nd place in the Horizon League, as well as forcing an if necessary game in the League Championships. She was responsible for adding 50 more hits, 55 more runs and raising the team batting average to .266, from the year before. During the 2018-2019 season, the Golden Grizzlies landed four student-athletes on All-League teams, including Kelsie Swanson with all-second team honors, Jessie Munson with all-freshman team honors and Madison Jones who was named Freshman of the Year, as well as earning first team all-league and all-freshman team honors. Under Tucker’s guidance, Jones powered her way through the Oakland University record books, breaking the single season home run (13) and slugging percentage (.761) records.