First year University of Colorado head coach Mel Tucker visited the WesternSlope on Friday to connect with fans, CU alumni, and donors at the Bookcliff Country Club.
Mel has been coaching since 1997, as a defensive coordinator or an assistant coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. Before Colorado, Mel was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at the University of Georgia for three years where he helped the Bulldogs reach the national championship game in 2017.
He did not win it all in that year, but he’s won two college football national championships; one with Alabama in 2015 and another with Ohio State in 2002.
To add to his already impressive resume, he won a Rose Bowl as a cornerback and safety with the University of Wisconsin in 2003, as the Badgers beat UCLA 21-16.
It was Mel’s first time in western Colorado, and he sat down with KREX 5 sports director Troy Lynch to talk about how he’s liking Colorado, being a head coach for the first time in his career, and even a challenge at the end.