It's no understatement that Tucker Woolsey made significant contributions to Bearcat athletics on and off the field. Tucker could move the chains in short yardage situations and his devastating blocks hurt opposing line backers. In the spring, he led the Bearcat track and field team as a shot putter, instilling a mindset of excellence in his teammates. In addition, Tucker was a three-time Academic All-American, a post-graduate scholarship recipient and in 2002 he was Northwest's first recipient of the Ken B. Jones Award which is given annually to the MIAA conference's top student-athlete.
Tucker arrived at Northwest in 1997 from Excelsior Springs High School, where he earned all-state and all-metro honors and was an honorable mention All-America. Having looked up to Detroit Lions' running back Barry Sanders in his youth, Tucker quickly made his mark on the gridiron and in field events.
At 5 feet 8 inches and 238 pounds, he was known simply as "The warthog." Northwest offensive line coach Bart Tatum gave him the nickname because Tucker had an ability to put down his nose, root blockers out of holes and move them out of the way. Tucker credits head coach Mel Tjeerdmsa, offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda and Tatum for their positive influence and the character they instilled in him and the other players.
He was a four-year starting fullback for the Bearcat football team from 1997 through 2000, playing a key role in Northwest's back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999 and helping the teams of that era to 41 consecutive wins, a record that was broken by the Bearcats this season.
For his career, Tucker totaled 22 touchdowns, 803 rushing yards and was rarely stopped for a lost yardage. He had his most productive year in 2000, running the ball 60 times for 295 yards and nine touchdowns, along with 11 receptions for 167 yards and two touchdowns.
As a member of Northwest's track and field team, with his brother Conrad, Tucker was a three-year co-captain for coach Richard Alsup's teams, earning three conference titles in shot put. He broke the shot-put record as a sophomore, junior and senior, and his career-best throw of 58-feet-5.75-inches remains fourth in program history. He was a six-time All-American selection, which ranks him first among all Northwest athletes with All-American honors. Tucker also was the NCAA national runner-up in the shot put in 2001 helping the Bearcats to a fourth-place overall national team finish.
Tucker graduated from Northwest in 2001, earning bachelor's degrees in math and science, as well as his teacher certification. Today, he lives in Warrensburg with his wife Katie Scherer, who was a member of the women's basketball and track and field teams at Northwest. Tucker teaches math at Crestridge High School, in addition to coaching the school's track and field team and serving as an assistant coach for Central Missouri State's track and field team.