Board of Directors
Deputy Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Tiffany D. Tucker was recently named to Sports Illustrated’s 100 Influential Black Women in Sports. “Tiffany is a superstar in college athletics,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s longtime athletic director. “She’s a wonderful human being who brought an unmatched work ethic to UNCW. She is well-respected by Seahawk student-athletes, coaches and staff, and her peers throughout campus for her love of this great university. Her work on the CAA level has made our league better.”
In her fourth year at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as the Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, she serves as the second in command. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and functions as the department liaison for Admissions, Dean of Students Office, General Counsel, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Title IX & Clery Compliance. Tiffany serves as sport administrator while providing leadership to the department’s management team and sport administrator’s council.
During her time at South Carolina State University, Tucker coordinated all aspects of the department and manage the Bulldogs’ day-to-day operations. With a wealth of experience in intercollegiate athletics and administration, she oversees men’s and women’s basketball, softball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s track & field, volleyball, men’s & women’s tennis, and men’s & women’s cross country. She filled the chief athletics operations administrator role when Athletics Director Stacy Danley was away from campus.
Tucker was a true ambassador for South Carolina State University. She represented SC State at the Head Coach Training Center an organization that allows coaches to learn from and network with numerous collegiate Head Coaches, Directors of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrators, as well as executive search firms. She presented during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention – for the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association as a speaker on “Maximizing Your Seat At The Table.” Tucker shared some of her experiences with fellow peers and new athletic administrators. She also shared her wisdom during the Women Leaders In College Sports Convention, where she focused on best practices in sport supervision.
Tiffany transitioned to Hampton as the Director for Sponsorships and Governance. Her primary responsibilities were the sales of Hampton athletics sponsorships, fulfillment of corporate partners, entertaining and cultivating sponsors in various settings, and developing new business opportunities in the Hampton Roads market. Hampton continued to increase and develop a stronger and wider constituency and fan base by increasing our corporate and civic visibility within the Hampton Roads Community and the Commonwealth of Virginia under Tucker. In addition to sponsorships, she had oversight of University and Athletics licensing and branding and the newly launched online store shoppiratesgear.com. She helped guide Hampton through the conference realignment times and was a crucial component in the November 16, 2017 announcement that Hampton has joined the Big South Conference starting with the 2018-19 season.
Prior to Hampton, Tucker spent three seasons as a senior athletics administrator, associate head women’s basketball coach, one season as the head volleyball and tennis coach at Elizabeth City State University. Tucker had the privilege of recruiting the 2014-15 CIAA All-Rookie Team and Rookie of the Year Breona Jones from Henderson, N.C., and coaching All-CIAA First Team Jadda Jefferies from Burlington, N.C. During her first season, she was able to continue to build and mentor All-CIAA Rookie Team Jasmine Nixon.
Tucker spent the previous three seasons as the head coach at Div. II Claflin University. She recruited All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection First Team Tylesha Brown from Brooklyn, N.Y. and coached Second Team Natalie Davis from Columbia, S.C. Before her departure, Tucker signed two-time NJCAA All-American Jahira Smith to the Lady Panthers’ program, as she put together the best recruiting classes (2013-14 class) in school history and during the NCAA era.
Tucker assisted Heather Macy as she lead Div. II Francis Marion University (FMU) in Florence, S.C. to a 27-5 overall and 17-3 conference record during the 2009- 10 season. FMU subsequently earned a berth to the NCAA Div. II Tournament and advanced to the second round. Additionally, Francis Marion led the nation in steals per game and ranked second in both scoring offense and assists while earning a No. 20 national ranking in the final USA Today/ESPN Div. II Top 25 poll.
In 2008, Tucker joined new head coach, Big South Conference Coach of the Year and The George Washington University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Tajama Ngongba at Radford University in Radford, Va. While at Radford, Tucker mentored three Big South All-Conference honorees, a Big South All-Tournament selection, an All-Rookie honoree, and the 2008-09 Big South Defensive Player of the Year.
Tucker began her career in collegiate athletics at Div. III Allegheny College in 2007, where she served as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Marketing Director for the Athletic Department Summer Camps. Tucker had the honor of coaching All-North Coast Athletic Conference First Team Stephanie Wolf, Second Team Emilie Simone, and Honorable Mention Brittany Bell.
As a player at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she played four seasons on the Tar Heels basketball team Naismith Hall of Fame Head Coach Sylvia R. Hatchell. She was a member of two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship squads in 2004 and 2005, and her teams went to the NCAA Tournament all four years, including a 2004 trip to the Sweet Sixteen and a 2005 appearance in the Elite Eight.
During her playing career, Tucker was awarded the UNC Coaches Award twice, in 2002 and 2004. She was also the first recipient of the UNC at Chapel Hill Osterneck Award for Inspiration after recovering from a severe knee injury suffered during her freshman season. While at UNC, Tucker served as a camp counselor and post-development coach at the Sylvia Hatchell Basketball Camp and began her professional career as Assistant Director of Summer Camps for the same event.
As a lifelong learner, Tiffany has participated in the Collegiate Athletic Leadership Symposium (CALS) and is a graduate of the NCAA Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute, NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement and Women Leaders Leadership Enhancement Institute. She is presently a participant in the UNC System Executive Leadership Institute’s second cohort. The program is designed to build and retain the next generation of top leadership within the UNC System.
Tiffany holds professional credentials from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA), and Women Leaders in College Sports. She currently serves on the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association Membership Committee and is the former Chair of the Women Leaders in College Sports Professional Development and Education Committee. She has served as a keynote speaker, panelist, and/or mentor for the Head Coach Training Center, Women’s Coaches NEXT UP, Coaches Inc., Women Leaders Institute for Administrative Advancement, NACDA, MOAA, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
As a proud Virginia native and graduate of Matoaca High School, she was inducted on September 22, 2017, as a Matoaca High School Legend. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Sport Administration with a concentration in Organizational and Sport Business Leadership from Hampton University. In 2020, she was inducted into Hampton’s Forty Under 40 Alumni Society.