2016 Men's Tennis
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2016 Men's Tennis Coaches
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John Ruder
Head Coach- 4th Season
John Ruder
Head Coach- 2nd Season

Email: [email protected]


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,   


               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




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.