1954 - 1975
Jules Luchini joined the Tabor Academy faculty in 1946 and for the next thirty years was a highly visible and significant force throughout the school community. While still on active duty as a NCO trainer in the Navy's Gene Tunney athletic program, Coach Luchini brought to his students at Tabor the same direct, "no nonsense," let's get it done approach" that served his men so well in the service. Coach Luchini possessed a special talent to draw out the best from the young men in his charge. An intense competitor and demanding teacher, he was also an excellent motivator who enjoyed both the respect and affection of his athletes. This respect extended school wide and was clearly reflected when he received two yearbook dedications - 1960 and 1971 - over a decade apart.
In addition to his coaching, Mr. Luchini taught all levels of Spanish, led Tabor's military drill program for over a decade and served as an excellent mentor to young faculty. The Jules Luchini Awards for the Most Improved Player in football and the Most Improved Player in baseball remain highly sought after awards today. Coach Luchini wanted his named awards associated with those student athletes that were considered "The Most Improved", to reflect his love of teaching "the game" and the importance he placed on young men growing and improving. Mr. Luchini's legacy as a coach is not only visible in his team records, but more significantly in his enduring commitment to excellence and in the many life-time accomplishments of the young student athletes who played for him.