Tech Athletics History
The Story of the Wonder Boys
Our men's teams at Tech are known as the Wonder Boys. The name Wonder Boys first appeared as a proper noun in the Arkansas Gazette on November 17, 1920, after a 13-0 win over what is now Henderson State University. Up to that point, the men's teams at Tech had been known as the Aggies. The name Wonder Boys quickly gained popularity and has been a part of our tradition ever since. The best player on Tech's 1920 football team and the man known as the "Original Wonder Boy" is John Tucker. Henry Loesch, the sports editor of the Arkansas Gazette, wrote in describing Tucker, "Look out for him before he starts, for once he is on his way brick buildings, rock walls and other immovable bodies but slightly impede his progress...this Tucker is so good that he makes the rest of them look bad. He's so good that it is hard to see any one else on the entire field." Tucker went to work at Tech in a variety of roles - including coach, athletic director, chemistry teacher and director of student affairs - between 1925 and 1972. Tucker took a brief sabbatical from Tech to attend the University of Alabama, where he played on Alabama's 1931 Rose Bowl team that defeated Washington State University, 24-0. After his stint at Alabama, Tucker returned to Tech to serve as the head coach of the Wonder Boys football team from 1933-41 and again from 1945-47. In his tenure as the Wonder Boys coach, Tucker won 77 games and five Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles. His .791 winning percentage still stands as the best of any football coach in school history. Today, two buildings on the Tech campus - Tucker Hall and Tucker Coliseum, where Tech's volleyball, men's and women's basketball teams play - are named in his honor. Tucker was first inductee from Tech into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1962 and he was part of the first class inducted into the Arkansas Tech Hall of Distinction in 1965.
The Story of the Golden Suns
Tech's women's teams are known as the Golden Suns. That name was adopted by a vote among female athletes on campus in 1975. Before that, AAU and extramural women's teams from Tech has been known as the Wonder Girls and the Wonderettes. When Tech started its intercollegiate athletics program for women in 1977, the name Golden Suns was adopted. Since 1977, the name Golden Suns has become synonymous with excellence in women's intercollegiate athletics.
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