Rucks was the head college football coach for the North ParkVikings located in Chicago, Illinois. He held that position for 5 seasons, from 1990 until 1994. His coaching record at North Park was 9 wins, 33 losses and 3 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2012 season, this ranks him #4 at North Park in total wins and #6 at the school in winning percentage (.233).
After North Park, Rucks became the head coach for the CarthageRed Men located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He held that position for 18 seasons, from 1995 until 2012. His coaching record at Carthage was 95 wins, 79 losses and 1 tie. As of the conclusion of the 2012 season, this ranks him #2 at Carthage in total wins and #7 at the school in winning percentage (.546).