Turning down Goucher, Tucker to stay at Gilman


Less than a month after being introduced as Goucher College's new men's soccer and lacrosse coach, John Tucker has rescinded his acceptance of the positions and will stay at Gilman School, where he will continue as a teacher and as head boys lacrosse coach.

"Goucher offered me an outstanding opportunity, but in the past couple of weeks, I've come to the realization that having two college coaches in the same family [his wife, Janine, is the head field hockey and women's lacrosse coach at Loyola College] would put a tremendous strain on our ability to raise our two young sons," said Tucker, who was to have replaced Steve Hornish beginning this week.

Tucker, 33, a three-time All-America lacrosse midfielder at Johns Hopkins, led Gilman's boys lacrosse team to its second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title last spring and was poised to attempt a revitalization of Goucher's soccer team that went 7-10-1 last fall and a Gophers lacrosse team that finished 5-8.

"Obviously, we are both shocked and disappointed that Coach Tucker will not be part of our coaching staff in the fall, but we respect his desire to do what he believes is best for himself and his family," Goucher athletic director Geoff Miller said in a release.

"We know that John would have been a tremendous asset to both programs, but there were a number of other top-notch candidates for these positions. We are confident that we will be able to find a quality replacement in a timely fashion."

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