Tucker Waugh begins his ninth season as a member of the Army Football coaching staff. After serving as wide receivers coach in 2014, Waugh will now return to coaching the slotbacks.
Waugh coached at Army from 2000-04, departed for Stanford and returned to West Point after coaching the wide receivers in California.
Under Waugh's guidance, Army has been among the nation's top running teams in each of the last four years. In 2013, Army racked up 3,950 yards rushing and 4,678 yards of total offense. Waugh mentored freshman wide receiver Xavier Moss, who established an Army freshman record with 35 receptions. The total shattered the previous mark of 20 set by Jeremy Trimble in 2004, which was also set under Waugh's guidance. Moss also led the team with an Army freshman record 463 receiving yards.
Waugh has also mentored two-time 1,000-yard rusher Raymond Maples, one of just three players to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark twice in their career and was part of the 2010 staff which led Army to a victory in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
In 2008, Waugh's first season coaching running backs in Army's triple-option system, he guided fullback Collin Mooney to a record-breaking season of 1,339 yards. Mooney had just 22 rushing yards prior to establishing the Academy single-season record.
Waugh was a member of Bobby Ross' coaching staff and then departed the Academy to work with head coach Walt Harris at Stanford in 2005.
In 2008, Waugh was recognized as one of the up-and-coming assistants in the nation. He was chosen to attend the NCAA Expert Coaches Forum in Dallas, Texas. The Forum is designed to improve and reinforce various aspects of securing, managing and excelling in head football coaching positions at the intercollegiate level. In 2009, Rivals.com named Waugh one of its top 10 recruiters among all non-Bowl Championship Series schools.
When Waugh first arrived at Army, he inherited a group of receivers that had caught a total of 14 career passes. Over the next three years, his Black Knight wideouts registered 322 receptions. During that time, he oversaw the development of Aaron Alexander, who graduated in 2005 and ranks second on Army's career charts for both receptions and receiving yards. Waugh mentored Alexander to an Academy-record 64 catches in 2003. His 861 receiving yards that season rank third on the Army ledger.
Prior to arriving at West Point, Waugh coached for five seasons at Illinois State (1995-99). He worked with the Redbirds' outside linebackers in 1995, running backs in 1996 and wide receivers his final three years. He mentored an All-Gateway Conference selection during each of his three seasons as receivers coach, with Marquis Mosely earning recognition in 1997 and Ricky Garrett copping laurels in both 1998 and 1999.
Waugh helped to establish the Redbirds' passing attack as one of the most prolific in the nation. Illinois State advanced to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in 1998 and reached the Division I-AA national semifinals in 1999.
A 1993 graduate of DePauw University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English Composition and Physical Education, Waugh began his coaching career at Otterbein College in 1993 overseeing the Cardinals' quarterbacks. He returned to his alma mater in 1994 as a wide receivers coach. He also completed a coaching fellowship with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Waugh lettered at quarterback while playing at DePauw from 1990 to 1992 and was named the school's "Outstanding Physical Education Major."
Waugh resides at West Point with his wife, Jen, and sons, Jackson and Nicholas.