INDIANAPOLIS - Eleven individuals have been selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations at the 88th NFHS Summer Meeting on July 3 in Palm Desert, California, including one from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
Que Tucker, deputy executive director of the NCHSAA, will be among those receiving the prestigious award.
An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, officiating avocation, and fine arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school activities.
Citations have been awarded to high school athletic directors since 1971. In 1988, awards were added for speech and debate and music directors. Coaches and officials were added the following year, and in
1997 Citations were first awarded to state associations and NFHS personnel.
Citation recipients are individuals whose contributions have had an impact on high school activity programs. A long-standing and distinguished record of involvement with high school activity programs
at the local and state levels is considered in determining recipients.
Tucker joined the NCHSAA staff in 1991 as director of the NCHSAA's student services programs. In 2005, Tucker was promoted to deputy executive director and is now responsible for overseeing the Association's 21-sport program.
During her years as head of the student services program, Tucker did a number of things in the area of chemical awareness and education. In concert with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Alcohol and Drug Defense program, Tucker was involved with the organization of the Student-Athlete Summer Institute programs across the state. The successful Coach-Captain Retreats were initiated during her tenure as well.
Tucker joined the NCHSAA after an excellent coaching career at the high school and college levels. She coached basketball and volleyball at Reidsville Senior High School and posted records of 145-104 in basketball and 58-16 in volleyball during her 10 years. She earned several coach-of-the-year honors in both sports.
For three years prior to joining the North Carolina association, Tucker was assistant women's basketball coach at North Carolina State University under storied head coach Kay Yow. Among other responsibilities, Tucker was responsible for the team's academic progress.
An outstanding athlete at Stoneville High School in Rockingham County, Tucker earned her bachelor's degree from Mars Hill College and her master's from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Among her other accomplishments, Tucker was an accomplished official in the sports of volleyball, basketball and softball. She was inducted into the charter class of the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame.