John E. Tucker (April 15, 1901 – February 20, 1983) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Arkansas Tech University from 1933 to 1947, compiling a record of 74–17–11. He played football at Arkansas Tech and later at the University of Alabama in 1930 and 1931.
|Born||April 15, 1901|
|Died||February 20, 1983 (aged 81)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|5 Arkansas Intercollegiate (1935, 1939, 1945–1947)|
Tucker is ultimately responsible for the idiosyncratic nickname "Wonder Boys" for Arkansas Tech University. On November 15, 1919, Tucker, as a 17-year-old freshman, scored two touchdowns and kicked two extra points to lead the Second District Agricultural School Aggies to a 14–0 upset win over Jonesboro. In newspaper accounts following the game, Tucker and his teammates were referred to as "Wonder Boys," and the nickname remains to this day. Tucker was labeled as "The Original Wonder Boy" and was associated with the school for the rest of his life. He went on to play on the University of Alabama's Rose Bowl team in 1931 and served Arkansas Tech in a variety of roles - including coach, athletic director and chemistry professor - between 1925 and 1972. Two buildings on the Tech campus - Tucker Coliseum and Tucker Hall - are named in his honor.