Luke Fickell Facts & More:

  • Luke is the 23rd head coach in Ohio State history. He is only the fourth Ohio State graduate (undergraduate degree) to coach the Scarlet and Gray. Sam Willaman (first year was 1929), Wesley Fesler (1947) and Earle Bruce (1979) are the others.
  • Luke is the sixth former Ohio State assistant coach to assume the school’s head coaching position. Willaman (assisted between 1926-28), Fesler (1931-32), Carroll Widdoes (1941-43; 1946-48), Earle Bruce (1966-72) and Jim Tressel (1983-85) are the others.
  • Luke is the recipient of a national coaching honor. In 2010 he was named the American Football Coaches Association’s assistant coach of the year.
  • Luke is a Columbus native. He attended Robert Frost Elementary School, Walnut Springs Middle School and graduated in 1992 from DeSales High School.
  • Luke is the oldest of Pat and Sharon Fickell’s three kids. His younger brother, Mike, lives in New Jersey and his sister, Leah, just recently relocated back to Columbus.
  • Growing up, Luke wanted to be an Olympic wrestling champion. His dad was involved in the sport, helping out Luke’s uncle, Wayne, who was a wrestling coach at Bishop Watterson. Luke got into the sport at age five.
  • Luke was a three-time undefeated state wrestling champion for DeSales. He posted records of 36-0, 31-0 and 39-0 as a sophomore, junior and senior, respectively. He was Division II Ohio state champ at 189 pounds as a sophomore and as a heavyweight as a junior and senior.
  • Luke is married with children. He and his wife, Amy, have four kids under the age of 10: a son Landon, daughter Luca and twin boys Aydon and Ashton.
  • Luke and Amy were college sweethearts at Ohio State. Luke is a 1997 Ohio State grad with a degree in exercise science. Four times he was named Academic all-Big Ten Conference. Amy graduated in 1999 with a degree in physical therapy.
  • Luke started a school-record 50 consecutive football games for Ohio State. After a red-shirt year in 1992, he started every game at nose guard for coach John Cooper between 1993-96.
  • Luke played on two Big Ten champion squads. Ohio State was Big Ten co-champion in 1993 (10-1-1; 6-1-1) and 1995 (11-2; 7-1).
  • Luke played in four bowl games: the 1993 Holiday Bowl, the 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl, the 1996 Florida Citrus Bowl and the 1997 Rose Bowl.
  • Luke wore jersey No. 99. He looks like he could still wear an Ohio State jersey into battle. He’s 6-4 and 245 pounds.
  • Luke tore his left pectoral muscle days before the 1997 Rose Bowl. He started and played against Arizona State anyway. He recorded two tackles despite the shoulder being immobilized.
  • Luke spent a year on the New Orleans Saint’s injured list. Then he got into coaching, working as a graduate assistant under John Cooper at Ohio State for the 1999 season and then getting his first full-time assistant coaching position in 2000 at Akron under Lee Owens. He coached the Zips’ defensive line for two seasons.
  • Luke is in his 10th season as an Ohio State coach. Jim Tressel hired him in 2002. This is his 12th year as a full-time collegiate head coach.
  • Memorable moments for Luke include being part of winning two Rose Bowls: one as a player and one as a coach. Playing in the 1994 win over Michigan and coaching in the 2002 national championship game win are two more of his noteworthy experiences in the sport.
  • Luke reads. One of the books he is currently reading is "Unbroken" by Laura Hildenbrand.
  • Luke started a foundation to help "tackle illiteracy." It is called the Second and Seven Foundation and was developed by Fickell and former Buckeye teammates Mike Vrabel and Ryan Miller. The foundation sponsored its inaugural FUNdamental Football Camp for kids in 2000 and proceeds from the camp were used to purchase books for second graders in seven Central Ohio schools.
  • Luke listens to a diverse range of music, including country music and rock and roll. He went to a concert within the last week: Taylor Swift, with his daughter, Luca.
  • Luke doesn’t watch much television. When he does, it’s Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel with his kids.
  • Luke will drink coffee in the morning. He prefers it with cream, only.

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