|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1917|
|Death: ||Feb. 2, 2002|
Ed Jucker coached the University of Cincinnati Basketball team for five seasons: 1960-61 through 1964-65 and achieved heights few could ever reach even if they were in coaching for decades.
His first-year team started slowly, but then won 22 straight on route to winning the NCAA Championship over defending champion Ohio State. In his second season, he led the Bearcats to a 29-2 ledger and a second NCAA Title, once again defeating Ohio State in the final. The next year, UC went 26-2 while advancing to the NCAA championship game before losing in overtime to Loyola of Chicago. Jucker's winning percentage in NCAA Tournament games is .917. In his final two seasons, the team was 17-9 and 14-12 and Jucker resigned the post and became head of the school's intramural program. During his varsity coaching career, Jucker authored the book, "Cincinnati Power Basketball" inwhich he provided set plays and other strategy that had kept the Bearcats among the top teams in the nation.
Jucker had played basketball for three seasons at UC in 1938-39-40 and was captain of the 1940 squad. Upon graduation, he held several coaching positions before returning to the school as Head Baseball Coach and assistant basketball coach. One of his early recruits in basketball also worked his way onto the baseball squad as a pitcher. His name was Sandy Koufax who later signed with his hometown Brooklyn Dodgers. By the time, Jucker became head mentor of the basketball team, the school had already been to three NCAA tournaments and two final fours. He helped extend that to five straight final-fours during his first three seasons.He had a winning percentage in NCAA Basketball Tournament competition of 92% - his teams winning eleven of the twelve games they placed in.
Jucker returned to coaching in 1967 when he became the Cincinnati Royals head coach. He piloted the local N.B.A. franchise for two seasons and served as a scout for a third year. He then became chairman of the physical education department at Rensselaer Polytechnic in New York and in 1972 he was named head basketball coach at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he spent five seasons and then became the school's athletic director. He later retired and returned to Cincinnati before moving to South Carolina. He died in Callawassie Island, South Carolina at the age of 85.
On Saturday afternoon, December 7, 2002, at a University of Cincinnati game, the basketball court in Fifth-Third Arena at Shoemaker Center was named "Ed Jucker Court" in his honor. His widow, Joanne, was on hand for that ceremony. (bio by: John Perin)
Cause of death: Unknown
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jun 18, 2002
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