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Augustana Alumnus Named to South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame

Jim Luce, ’61, the infamous Viking quarterback who led Augustana to the North Central Conference football championship in 1959, has been chosen for induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. The induction banquet will be held April 9, 2011, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.

Luce led the NCC in passing in 1958 and 1960, and in total offense in 1959 and 1960. Against North Dakota in 1960, Luce was 22 of 25, a national record for one-game passing percentage, according to the NCAA Service Bureau.

Luce came to Augustana from Washington High School in Sioux Falls where he quarterbacked the Warriors to a 23-2-1 record in three years as a starter and was twice named to the all-state team. As a starting guard in basketball, he helped Washington to 1956 state title and a runner-up finish in 1957 (he was second-team all-state as a senior). He also was a standout pitcher and hitter in baseball and also competed in golf and track.

After receiving his degree from Augustana, Luce coached football, basketball and golf and taught at Washington High for more than 30 years. He was 37-31 in eight seasons as football coach (1980-87). He was the boys golf coach from 1965-80 and 1991-99 and the girls golf coach from 1968-99. Washington won six boys state titles and four girls state titles under Luce. He retired from teaching and coaching in 1999.

He was named the 1997 national golf coach of the year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. He and John Simko were named college co-athletes of the year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association in 1960.