James Karl Luck, Jr.

1923 to 1986

James Karl Luck Jr. left an incredible legacy at tech that has stood strong in the 37 years following his death and will live long into the future.  Luck came to Tech from Johnson City, Tennessee where he was a 12 letter athlete at Americus High and would later return to lead teams to 3 separate state titles.  His Legacy at Tech began as a student where he graduated in 1948 and returned as an assistant football coach in 1955.  Most notably Luck is known for coaching varsity baseball from 1963-1981 a time in which  he led the Yellow Jackets to a 320-280 record under his direction, making him the most winning baseball coach in Tech history.  His Legacy goes far beyond baseball though as he was well revered as much more than a coach, a Colonel, a father, and a friend.  Luck was such an all-around great person that he had a book written in his honor entitled ‘Tech’s Luck’ which you can read if you want to learn more about his life and legacy.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Most Winning Baseball Coach in Tech History (320-280)
  • 12 letter athlete in High School.
  • Won 3 separate state titles as a High School Coach.