November 29, 2012

Missouri Southern track and cross country coach Tom Rutledge will go into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Joplin, Mo. -- The honors keep pouring in for Missouri Southern head track and field and cross country coach Tom Rutledge as the 24-year veteran will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the group announced today. 

Rutledge goes into the hall as part of an enshrinement class that includes former Major League Baseball players David Eckstein, Scott Bailes and Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson, as well as current Central Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson, among others. 

The ceremony will be on Sunday, January 27th, 2013, at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield. The Enshrinement Ceremonies will get underway at 4:00 p.m. with a reception at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, with the banquet immediately afterwards. All festivities will conclude around 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the Enshrinement are $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10.  Tickets are on sale now and available by calling (417) 889-3100. Tickets are limited, so reserve your seat today. All proceeds will benefit the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Rutledge came to Missouri Southern in 1988 as an assistant football coach, and in 1989 became the first head cross country and track and field coach for both men's and women's programs.  Since that time Rutledge has been named MIAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year five times and Indoor Coach of the Year twice. He has mentored eight cross country All-Americans and fifty-five Track and Field All-Americans, including many achieving multiple All-American honors.

Rutledge just recently announced his retirement that will be effective in July of 2013.