Jun 3, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterHe may be the youngest high school activities director in Wyoming. At age 25, Brian Tucker has been appointed to replace Travis Draper as the new AD at Shoshoni High School.
Draper resigned to spend more time with his children as they become involved in their school activities, according to Tucker.
"I have always an interest in athletics, obviously. Even though I am just 25, I have a wealth of knowledge about athletics that I bring to the table," Tucker said.
Shoshoni competes in the Class 2-A Southwest conference with Big Piney, Kemmerer, Wind River and Wyoming Indian High School.
"I have two good mentors that are helping me in Dan Martin and Rick Lindblad. Also, Travis has been great. He has been helping me get things situated and documents taken care of. The schedule was set too. That is done," Tucker said.
Tucker also will work in the student management center at the Shoshoni schools in addition to his activities director responsibilities.
"I've started doing some things. We're looking at getting officials, hotel rooms booked and things like that," Tucker said, adding that his primary responsibilities will begin this fall.
Tucker believes that keeping student and community interest in Shoshoni sports will be one of his biggest and most important challenges.
"There were a few years when the interest was down. We had wrestlers filling in for the basketball team at regionals just so they could go because they didn't have enough kids to finish," Tucker said.
Tucker believes that the current set of coaches present a good mix of youth and experience that will keep the excitement and energy level high at Shoshoni.
There is a possibility that the state may reorganize classes, according to Tucker, but he believes that Shoshoni will be solidified as a Class 2-A school.
"This was the first year in the Southwest. We came in playing some bigger schools," Tucker said.
Tucker is a graduate of Wind River High School and participated in both football and track for four years while he was a student at Dickinson State University. He also was a Shoshoni High School football and track assistant coach last season and hopes to be considered for the Shoshoni head track coach next season to replace the retiring Tim Ervin.
"I won't be coaching football this fall. Since it is my first year as activities director, whether its junior high or high school, I need to be there for home events," Tucker said.
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