Dick Tucker, a former Orange Coast College football coach who led the school’s football team to many historic successes, died July 27 along with his wife Phillippa Tucker.
A memorial service for the couple is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m., in the OCC Fitness Center Gym.
Dick Tucker died 15 hours after his wife, according to the Daily Pilot. He was 92.
The Dick Tucker Field, formerly the LeBard Stadium field and renamed after Tucker in 2016, honored the man who “made such a difference to his players, his teams” and many more, according to an OCC Pirate Athletic’s press release.
As a member of OCC’s Physical Education and Athletics Division for 33 years, Tucker led the football team to four conference titles and achieved a 129-102-5 record throughout his 24 years as a coach, from 1962 through 1985.
According to the press release, Tucker said he was “surprised beyond belief” when the college named the field after him.
“I put a lot of wonderful years into Orange Coast College and I wouldn’t change a thing. Again, I am so appreciative of everyone who helped make this happen,” Tucker said in 2016, according to the press release.
The press release refers to some of Tucker’s biggest accomplishments, including a 21-0 win against Northwestern Oklahoma A&M in the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the school’s first national championship.
Prior to his career at OCC, Tucker was Brea-Olinda High School’s head coach for 11 years, winning eight league championships at Brea and two CIF titles.
Tucker helped gain OCC’s football team attention and credibility and led the Pirates to a 10-0 win against Northwestern Oklahoma A&M, and 21-0 in the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena in front of 44,044 fans to win the school’s first ever national championship.
The service will be followed by a reception overlooking Dick Tucker Field on the Fitness Center Patio.
The college honored Tucker in the OCC Athletics Hall of Fame, which he was indicted into in 2007. He was also acknowledged in 2018 in the California Community College Athletic Assocation’s Hall of Fame.
Tucker was celebrated in the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame, which he was indicted into in the 1990s.
He also earned a spot in the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in March of 2004.
Dick and Phillippa Tucker are survived by their sons, Travis, Rhett and Clay, according to the press release.
Clay Tucker originally asked Orange Coast to consider naming the field after his father.
“In his 90 years, not only has he been a great husband, father, grandparent and friend, he has been a successful coach both on and off the field. He has had a positive impact on the lives of many,” Clay Tucker told the Orange County Register in 2016.
The memorial service is slated for Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. in the OCC Fitness Center Gym at the north end of the football stadium near Monitor Way and Fairview Road.
The Tucker family has asked for donations to a scholarship established in memory of Coach Tucker, instead of flowers.
Donations can also be made payable to the college.