Ed Jucker

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Ed Jucker
1963 NCAA Basketball Championship program - Ed Jucker (cropped).jpg
Jucker circa 1963
Biographical details
Born(1916-07-08)July 8, 1916
Norwood, Ohio, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2002(2002-02-02) (aged 85)
Callawassie Island, South Carolina, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1945–1948Merchant Marine
1953–1960Cincinnati (assistant)
1967–1969Cincinnati Royals
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall270–122 (college basketball)
87–38 (college baseball)
80–84 (NBA)
11–1 (NCAA University Division)
1–3 (NCAA Division II)
Accomplishments and honors
2 NCAA University Division Tournament (1961, 1962)
3 MVC (1961–1963)
Henry Iba Award (1963)
NABC Coach of the Year (1963)
UPI College Basketball Coach of the Year (1963)
MVC Coach of the Year (1961, 1963)

Edwin Louis Jucker (July 8, 1916 – February 2, 2002) was an American basketball and baseball coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from 1945 to 1948, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) from 1948 to 1953, the University of Cincinnati from 1960 to 1965, and Rollins College from 1972 to 1977, compiling a career college basketball coaching record of 270–122. He led the Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball program to consecutive national titles, winning the NCAA basketball tournament in 1961 and 1962. Jucker was also the head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats baseball team from 1954 to 1960 while serving as an assistant coach for the basketball team. He spent two seasons coaching in the professional ranks, leading the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1967 to 1969. Jucker served as the athletic director at Rollins College from 1981 to 1983.


Jucker was born in Norwood, Ohio. He attended the University of Cincinnati as an undergraduate student and played on the school's basketball teams during the 1938, 1939, and 1940 seasons. He was the captain of the 1940 team. Also, while an undergraduate, Jucker became a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

Jucker was a professional baseball prospect until he decided to start coaching instead of trying to make it into Major League Baseball. His coaching career began at Batavia High in Clermont County, Ohio, east of Cincinnati. Following service in the Navy during World War II, he joined the college coaching ranks as assistant basketball coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1946. Two years later, he became head basketball coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jucker returned to the University of Cincinnati in 1953 as assistant basketball coach and baseball mentor. He directed the UC freshmen to a 67–21 record in six years, while his baseball teams were 87–38 over seven seasons. In 1954, Jucker recruited Sandy Koufax at Cincinnati. After watching Koufax in his first practice, Jucker got him a work-study scholarship.

Under Jucker's coaching direction in the early 60s, Cincinnati won back-to-back NCAA basketball tournament, in 1961 and 1962, defeating Ohio State, who had the great Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek and Bob Knight, both years. His 1963 team reached the championship game of the NCAA tournament, where the Bearcats were upended 60–58 in overtime by Loyola of Chicago and All-American Jerry Harkness. Jucker holds the record for the highest winning percentage (.917) in NCAA tournament play. In his five seasons coaching the Bearcats, Jucker's team posted a record of 113–28, a .801 winning percentage.

Jucker left coaching at UC after the 1965 season. In 1966 he remained at the university as the Intramural Director and spent the summer in Spain coaching their national team.[1] He agreed to coach the Spain national team from 1967 but changed his mind when he received offers from the National Basketball Association (NBA).[2] In 1967, he became the head coach of the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association, a position he held for two seasons. Jucker then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he built the school's basketball program into a national contender in NCAA Division II.

In 1978, he was inducted into the University of Cincinnati Athletics Hall of Fame.[3] Also, the court that the University of Cincinnati plays on is named after Jucker. The number he wore as Cincinnati baseball coach is one of only two numbers retired by the school's baseball team.[4]

Jucker died of prostate cancer on Callawassie Island, South Carolina in 2002 at age 85. He was survived by his wife, Joanne.[5]

In 2014, he was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Cincinnati 1967–68 82 39 43 .476 5th in Eastern Missed Playoffs
Cincinnati 1968–69 82 41 41 .500 5th in Eastern Missed Playoffs
Career 164 80 84 .488

College basketball[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Merchant Marine Mariners (Independent) (1945–1948)
1945–46 Merchant Marine 14–0
1946–47 Merchant Marine 12–4
1947–48 Merchant Marine 4–13
Merchant Marine: 30–17
RPI Engineers (Independent) (1948–1953)
1948–49 RPI 13–3
1949–50 RPI 12–3
1950–51 RPI 9–9
1951–52 RPI 4–11
1952–53 RPI 8–9
RPI: 46–35
Cincinnati Bearcats (Missouri Valley Conference) (1960–1965)
1960–61 Cincinnati 27–2 10–2 1st NCAA University Division Champion
1961–62 Cincinnati 29–2 10–2 1st NCAA University Division Champion
1962–63 Cincinnati 26–2 11–1 1st NCAA University Division Runner-up
1963–64 Cincinnati 17–9 6–6 T–3rd
1964–65 Cincinnati 14–12 5–9 7th
Cincinnati: 113–28 42–20
Rollins Tars (Independent) (1972–1975)
1972–73 Rollins 13–11
1973–74 Rollins 18–9 NCAA Division II Regional Fourth Place
1974–75 Rollins 15–7
Rollins Tars (Sunshine State Conference) (1975–1977)
1975–76 Rollins 19–6 NCAA Division II Regional Third Place
1976–77 Rollins 16–9
Rollins: 81–42
Total: 270–122

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Football Is Definite This Year Announces IM Director Juck" (PDF). The News Record. 29 Sep 1966. Retrieved 17 Apr 2020.
  2. ^ 14 años sin Antonio Díaz Miguel
  3. ^ "Ed Jucker Profile - GoBEARCATS.com - The Official Athletics Website of the University of Cincinnati". www.gobearcats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-18.
  4. ^ Dyer, Mike (April 30, 2014). "Sandy Koufax's Cincinnati uniform number a mystery". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ Litsky, Frank (6 February 2002). "Ed Jucker, 85, Who Coached Cincinnati to Basketball Titles". The New York Times.
  6. ^ "Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame".

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