MINNEAPOLIS - Former Gopher basketball star and NBA player Trent Tucker resigned from his position as Minneapolis Public Schools athletic director on Thursday, according to a district spokesperson.
Tucker was named the district’s athletic director back in 2013. His resignation is effective immediately.
“Trent has been a visible member of our leadership team supporting student athletes across the District over his four years here,” Minneapolis public schools media relations coordinator Dirk Tedmon said via e-mail. “We have appreciated his contributions to the District, which include increased graduation rates for student athletes, increased community partnerships, grants and donations, and the remodeling of high school fitness centers.”
Also Thursday, Southwest high school athletic director Ryan Lamberty was placed on administrative leave.
At this time, the district did not offer other specifics, citing data privacy laws. However, Tucker is not under investigation.
Tucker played 11 seasons in the NBA and won a championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1992-1993. He also played at the University of Minnesota from 1978-1982 and has his jersey retired.