April 1, 1972
Rollins College President Jack B. Critchfield announced today the multiple appointment of Edwin L. Jucker to the Raymond W. Greene Chair of Health and Physical Education; as chairman of the College's physical education department; and as the Tars' head basketball coach.
The 51-year old Jucker will resign his current position as Chairman of the Physical Education and Athletic Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York) July 1 to become the first holder of the Greene Chair at Rollins. In addition to his noted ability as an educator, Jucker has also coached the university of Cincinnati basketball team to two national championships in 1961 and 1962; was selected as National Coach of the Year in 1963; coached the professional Cincinnati Royals from 1967-69; and is the author of Cincinnati Power Basketball, which sold more copies in one year than any basketball book ever written.
Rollins alumnus Raymond W. Greene, a Winter Park realtor, former mayor and long time friend and benefactor of the College, endowed the chair in physical education, requesting that, "the professor who occupies the chair should be of the character and stature of Amos Alonzo Stagg—he should be a strong personality who would attract students to his courses and command their respect." In mentioning Stagg, Chicago's "Grand Old Man of Football," Greene said Stagg had played tennis at Rollins on many occasions while recuperating at Orlando's Florida Hospital.
The chair was endowed by Greene in 1967 through property gifts valued at more than $250,00 in the hope that such concern for health and physical education would encourage reverence for the "amazing creation of the human body and its functions."
In making the appointment, Dr. Critchfield stated that "I cannot think of anyone better qualified to represent the high ideals of the Greene Chair than Ed Jucker. He is a proven leader and educator who has gained national respect from his academic peers. Coupled with our outstanding physical education faculty, I believe he can give Rollins the kind of imaginative and forceful guidance that will give us a truly distinguished academic program in this area."
Jucker received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education in 1941 from the University of Cincinnati; his M.A. in Physical Education from Columbia University in 1950; and served as basketball coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before returning to Cincinnati in 1952 as assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach. In 1960 he became varsity basketball coach at Cincinnati where he compiled an amazing record of 110 wins and 28 losses in five seasons.
After coaching the Spanish Olympic Basketball Team in 1966, Jucker became head coach of the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association in 1967. He returned to R.P.I. in 1969 to hold his present position as Director of Physical Education and Athletics.
Jucker will replace Boyd Coffie as head basketball coach beginning with the 1972-73 season. Coffie resigned his basketball post after nine seasons to devote full time to his duties as the Tars' baseball coach.
The Juckers, his wife Joanne and four children, plan to reside in Winter Park. He will assume his duties at Rollins in September.