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Mel Tucker

Head Coach
University of Colorado
2019 - Present


  • Hired as Colorado’s 26th full-time head coach Dec. 5, 2018.
  • Spent the 2016-18 seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator but will not coach the Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl.
  • Was part of the 2015 national championship team at Alabama.
  • Married to JoEllyn, who has a law degree from Rutgers. They have two sons, Joseph (16) and Christian (14).
  • Colorado will be Tucker’s first full-time head coaching job. He led the Jacksonville Jaguars for five games (2-3) as the interim head coach after Jack Del Rio was fired in 2011.
  • Tucker was born and raised in Cleveland and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School.
  • He was part of Barry Alvarez’s first recruiting class at Wisconsin in 1990. He was a four-year letterman for the Badgers as a defensive back and graduated with a degree in agricultural business management in 1995.
  • His first coaching job came under Nick Saban at Michigan State in 1997 as a graduate assistant, being instructed by Mark Dantonio.
  • First full-time coaching job came in 1999 at Miami (Ohio), coaching defensive backs. He was also the defensive backs coach at LSU (2000), Ohio State (2001-04), the Cleveland Browns (2005-2007) and Alabama (2015).
  • Broke into the NFL with the Browns in 2005. In 2008, he became Cleveland’s defensive coordinator and would hold the same position with the Jaguars (2009-12) and Chicago Bears (2013-14).
  • Tucker has been hired by Saban three times (Michigan State, LSU and Alabama).
  • Recruited four future first-round picks while at Ohio State (Ted Ginn Jr., Vernon Gholston, Malcom Jenkins and Anthony Gonzalez).
  • Coached five future first-round draft picks (Chris Gamble, Ohio State; Donte Whitner, Ohio State; Marlon Humphrey, Alabama; Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama; Roquan Smith, Georgia).