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Tom Luke

Tom  Luke

Position:
Assistant A.D./Player Development

Alma Mater:
Ole Miss, 1992

Former Ole Miss quarterback Tom Luke returned to his alma mater in May 2013 when head coach Hugh Freeze hired him as Assistant Athletics Director for Player Development.

The brother of Ole Miss offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke, he oversees various aspects of academics and campus life for Rebel players.

Luke has helped the Rebels reach bowl games in each of his three seasons, including back-to-back berths in New Year’s Six bowls in 2014 and 2015. In his first year, the Rebels won the 2013 Music City Bowl against Georgia Tech to cap an 8-5 season.

Luke was Ole Miss’ coordinator of football operations from 2004-05 under David Cutcliffe and Ed Orgeron. He had spent the last few years in the sporting goods business.

He spent 12 years teaching and coaching at Jackson Academy prior to his first stint on the Ole Miss staff.

Luke earned three letters (1989-91) while playing quarterback at Ole Miss, but suffered three concussions during his career, which led to his decision to pass up his senior year and accept a coaching position on the high school level.

He ended his career ranked 17th in passing with 1,524 yards, completing 86 of 178 passes with 10 interceptions. At the time, he also ranked 17th in career total offense with 2,078 yards (554 rushing and 1,524 passing).

As a sophomore in 1990, he developed into one of the most versatile quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference and shared starting duties with Russ Shows his final two seasons as both battled injuries in the option offensive attack. His 82-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Ashley against Tennessee in 1991 remains one of the longest in Ole Miss history.

Selected Player of the Year in 1990 by the Ole Miss Quarterback Club, Luke also excelled off the field as he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times, while also being named to the Chancellor’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and U.M.A.A. Honor Roll. He also received the NCAA Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award for having the highest grade point average among graduating Ole Miss student-athletes.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ole Miss in 1992, Luke began teaching and coaching at Jackson Academy. He served as quarterbacks coach the first three years and then as offensive coordinator from 1995-2003. During his nine years as offensive coordinator, Jackson Academy won four Mississippi Private School Association state championships and was twice runner-up for the state crown.

He also served as an assistant coach for the Jackson Academy baseball team, working five seasons as pitching coach, and from 1995 to 2001 was the head baseball coach. As head coach, Jackson Academy won two MPSA state championships. He was selected Metro Coach of the Year by The Clarion-Ledger in 1999 when he was also named as MPSA All-Star Coach. He was Mississippi “State Games” Coach in 2000.

Luke is married to the former Angie Pope of Clinton, Mississippi, also an Ole Miss graduate and former Rebelette in “The Pride of the South” marching band. They are the parents of one son, Cale, and two daughters, Carson and Cayden. Cale is currently a wide receiver at Ole Miss.

Tom’s father, Tommy, earned three letters in football at Ole Miss from 1964-66 and then played one year for the AFL Denver Broncos. His brother, Matt, also played at Ole Miss from 1995-98.

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