Another Rucks joins the football coaches' Hall of Fame
Mar 5, 2015 5:26 PM -
Jim Rucks did not originally plan to follow in the coaching footsteps of his dad, Wally. After playing football, basketball and baseball at the University of Illinois, Jim Rucks graduated with a finance degree and headed into the working world. It was far from a perfect fit. So Rucks, who was coached by his dad in football and basketball at Waukegan High, changed course. He returned to Illinois to get a degree in education and work as a graduate assistant coach for the football team. "It wasn't fun and I missed competing," Rucks said of his brief foray in the business world. "I got into coaching and I really liked it." Which is evident in a career approaching four decades at Illinois, downstate Dwight, Hoffman Estates and now Rolling Meadows. Rucks is following his late father into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Fittingly, the induction ceremony will be April 18 in Champaign during the annual IHSFCA clinic.