Coach creates a detailed history of the Findlay basketball program

Published: Feb. 4, 2020 at 6:04 PM EST
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It's one thing for a NBA team to know it's detailed history but it's quite another for a high school program. That did not not stop Findlay head coach Jim Rucki.

"We've only had six different head coaches since 1935," said Rucki.

Jim would know -- he spent two years, including countless summer nights at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, going through newspapers on microfilm to document 100 years of Findlay basketball. He also used yearbooks and even interviewed people. With all the information, Rucki put together a 165-page book, with an on-the-nose title of "Findlay Trojan Basketball."

With the already known statistical data from the current era, Rucki can go through every season all the way back to the early 1900s.

You might think digging up all this information is a painful way to spend a summer or two, but not for Rucki. He taught history for three decades and grew a massive interest in the subject by talking with his dad, who served on USS McCord in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.

"I'm a history guy," Rucki said. "I love to research history, and it's just a passion to go to the library and dig things up."

Books are available at Findlay High School.

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