2015 Men's Tennis
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2015 Men's Tennis Coaches
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John Ruder
Head Coach- 3rd Season
John Ruder
Head Coach- 2nd Season
 

Email: johnr@tabor.edu

 

Phone: 620-947-3121 ext.

 

Length of time at Tabor: Since 2012

     

       

       

       

       

      

What is your athletic background

 

Thornapple Kellogg High School (Middleville Michigan)

Baseball – Four years

Football – Four years – 1973 MVP in Football, All Conference – All State wide receiver

Baseball scholarship to Olivet Nazarene University, Starting Shortstop, Hustle Award

USTA Tennis

1999-2005 Ranked top 10 Men's 35 Singles USTA Southwest Section

2010-2011 Ranked top 50 Men's 50 Singles USTA Texas Section

   

       

Coaching Experience - 27 years

 

Head Coach of 5 varsity sports: Tennis, Basketball, Football, Baseball, Track

 

Track 4 years – Valley Union High School

               1A Arizona State Championship 1988

 

Football Defensive Coordinator – Valley Union High School

               7 Consecutive trips to the Arizona State Semi-finals 1987-1993

               Arizona 1A South Conference Champions and State Runner-up 1987/1990

               Arizona Coaches Association High School Assistant Coach of the Year 1992

 

Basketball – 20 years Valley Union High School

               10 Trips to the 1A Arizona State Tournament

               Arizona 1A South Conference Champions – 1988, 1989, 2005

               2005 Arizona 1A South Coach of the Year

 

Tennis – 18 years Valley Union High School – 2 years Denison, Texas – 5 years Denton Ryan,   

               Texas

               Arizona 1A/2A qualified at least one player to state tournament 1995-2005

               Arizona 1A/2A Boy's Doubles Team State Runner-up 1998

               Arizona 1A/2A Girl's Team State Runner-Up – 2004

               Arizona 1A/2A Girl's Singles State Champion -- 2004

               Arizona 1A/2A Girl's Singles State Runner-up 2005

               Texas 4-4A Girl's Singles Regional Qualifier – 2012  

 


What is your academic background


High School – Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville Michigan

College – Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois – BS in Physical Education

Graduate School  – Concordia University, Irvine, CA – MA Coaching and Athletic Administration
Certification – United States Professional Tennis Association

 

Family

 

Wife – Sandra Ruder – 36 years

Daughter – Brooke Brantley – Oklahoma City

Son – Lance Ruder – Denison Texas

Dogs – Sam & Chancer 

 

What is your coaching style

 

I am a teacher. The court is my classroom. Tennis is my textbook. Life is my subject. Much of my coaching is cooperative in nature. My goal is to provide the right balance between directing athletes and letting them direct themselves. As my players become more and more proficient with my system, I give them more opportunities to make decisions. I want my players to be able to make decisions and to think on the fly. I believe that an athlete's brain is their biggest weapon. So much of my coaching involves training them to stay calm, think clearly, and be decisive.



What is special about athletics at Tabor

 

At Tabor College the priorities are right. Christ first, athlete second, and winning third. It is a place where athletes come to deepen their spiritual walk, get a high quality education, and compete to the best of their ability.