Celebrating Black History Month: Commissioner Que Tucker

During the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the NCHSAA website will feature information about African-Americans who have made major contributions to the great tradition of high school sports in our state. We hope you find these both entertaining and informative. Our thanks to Rick Strunk, former NCHSAA Associate Commissioner, on his research into many of these articles and Championships.

Que Tucker

Que Tucker has enjoyed an outstanding career at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association after successful stints coaching at the high school and college levels. A graduate of Stoneville High, she attended Mars Hill College, where she was an outstanding athlete and graduated in 1974.  Tucker came to the NCHSAA in 1991 after several years as an assistant women's basketball coach at N.C. State under Kay Yow. She is currently deputy commissioner of the NCHSAA, where she oversees the entire NCHSAA sports program, after helping to start the Association's acclaimed Student Services program.

As a high school coach at Reidsville, her women's basketball teams posted a 145-104 mark during a period from 1978 through '88 and her volleyball squads went 58-16. She also served as a game official in several different sports. She is a charter member of the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame and was inducted in the class of 2010 to the NCHSAA Hall of Fame. In addition, she was listed as among the “100 To Remember” administrators list as part of the NCHSAA’s centennial celebration.

Tucker has been the Commissioner of the NCHSAA since 2015. She is only the second African-American female to serve as the leader of a state high school athletics or activities association in the country. Tomorrow, the day following National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Tucker will be a featured speaker at Barton College's celebration of female achievement and contributions to athletics. She will receive the college's distinguished Carole McKell Award, named in honor of the first coach in women's basketball and volleyball at Barton College and recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the participation of girls and women in sports.