When he entered Bowling Green State University in 1965, freshman were not allowed to play varsity sports so Dick Rudgers had to settle for being a three-year letterman on the Falcons basketball team. The 6’2” guard played a major role during his junior year when BGSU won the Mid-American Conference title with a 19-4 record. They represented the conference in the NCAA tournament, losing in the first round to Marquette University.
Two of the six seniors on the squad went on to play professionally—one in the ABA and the other in the NBA. In his senior season, Rudgers was named captain and paced the team in scoring at 16.1 per game. He was also voted in as Varsity Club President—an organization that included all athletes who competed in any sport for BGSU.
He joined the Akron Public School system upon graduation and entered the coaching ranks, serving 17 years as head basketball coach at both North and Firestone High Schools. At North (1972-83) his teams won a sectional championship and reached the district semifinals. During his six-year stint at Firestone (1983-89) he captured a sectional title.
Rudgers served 30 years in the Akron schools as a teacher and in administration. He attended Akron Central as a prep student and his career came full circle when he served as principal at Central-Hower. He retired in 2002 and he and his wife live in Akron.