Sheldon Tucker Jr., joined the Beaver Football coaching staff in 2019 as the cornerbacks coach. Tucker served as the varsity wide receivers coach at James Monroe High School in Rochester, N.Y., before joining the BSU coaching staff.
Tucker's cornerbacks led to one of the premier units in the nation in 2019, helping Bemidji State to an 8-3 record. BSU's secondary ranked among the top 10 in the country in interceptions and pass defense efficiency. Michael Junker led the cornerback group with 8 of the team's 17 interceptions. Junker's interceptions ranked fourth in the country and helped him earn selections to five All-American teams following his senior season. The secondary helped the Gang Green defense average 20.8 points per game and boasted a 28.7 percent third-down conversion rates, which ranked 13th best in the nation. The red zone defense for the Beavers ranked fourth-best in the country with 60.7 percent. Junker, along with being an All-American, was named to the All-NSIC First Team while Gunnar Feldhege was named to the All-NSIC Second Team.
Tucker served as the offensive coordinator at James Monroe High School from 2017-2019 after holding the same position with the Roc City Wolves Semi-Professional team earlier in 2017. During his lone season with Roc City, Tucker helped the Wolves rank second in the conference in points per game. Prior to joining Roc City, Tucker was the junior varsity defensive coordinator at James Monroe High School from May 2015 through January 2017 and served as a student assistant for defensive backs at St. John Fisher College from September 2013 through May 2014.
Tucker is from Rochester, N.Y., and lives in Bemidji with his fiancee, Elexus.