Falcons to face Rice on Dec. 29 in Forth Worth, Texas. Game televised by ESPN.
Kickoff this Saturday, Nov. 24, is 12:30 PST at Bulldog Stadium.
Air Force-SDSU kicks off at 12:30 pm PST on Saturday, Nov. 10 in San Diego.
Falcons and Black Knights play Saturday, Nov. 3, in West Point, NY.
Falcons take on Wolfpack at 6 p.m. Friday night at Falcon Stadium.
John Rudzinski, one of the most energetic and dynamic young coaches in college football, begins his fifth season with the Falcons.
Entering his first season with the secondary and third as recruiting coordinator, Rudzinski brings a new energy to the Air Force secondary which has a history of ranking among the nation's top pass defenses.
As recruiting coordinator, Rudzinski manages the academic and athletic evaluation of high school prospects. In his short tenure, the Air Force football team's NCAA APR (Academic Progress Report) is annually amongst the finest of the 120 schools that play at the FBS level of college football; during this time Air Force Football is the only service academy and Mountain West Conference program to finish above the nation's 90th percentile each of the last three season.
In 2012, Rudzinski guided Alex Means, Carolina Panthers, to Mountain West All-Conference honors; With Rudzinski's teaching, Mean's lead the Falcons in tackles for loss and sacks while finishing near the conference. The Falcons qualified for a sixth straight bowl game, taking on Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Falcons were 5-3 in conference play.
In 2010 and 2011, Rudzinski's first two years back on staff, the Falcon won back-to-back Commander-in-Chief's Trophy (and record 18th overall).In 2011, Rudzinski assisted the defense to finish first in the conference in passing defense with a 166.8 average. In 2010, the Falcon defense was even better, ranking second nationally by allowing just 147.8 passing yards per game. The defensive success aided Air Force to a 9-4 record, capped by a victory over Georgia Tech in the Independence Bowl.
Rudzinski began his coaching career in 2005 as a graduate assistant at the Air Force Academy, serving for two years under the leadership College Football Hall of Fame Coach, Fisher DeBerry. Learning under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Richard Bell, Rudzinski developed future Mountain West All Conference players, Drew Fowler and John Rabold. Transitioning to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Rudzinski served as maintenance operations officer from 2007-10; leading 250 Airman, John was responsible for the people, products and processes for the multi-billion dollar C-17 aircraft maintenance effort. Throughout his time in Charleston, John coached at First Baptist High School as a defensive assistant.
Rudzinski is a 2001 high school graduate from Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay, Wisconsin. A three-year letterman at the Air Force Academy, John led the team in tackles over this span. A two-time captain, Rudzinski was named the team's most valuable player and was honored with Air Force's Brian Bullard Award, which is the program's highest honor. An honorable mention All-Mountain West conference selection as a senior, Rudzinski was selected to play in the East/West Shrine Game.
John graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2005 as a member of the Superintendent's list by earning over a 3.0 grade point average along with a military performance average of better than 3.0. Rudzinski was also honored as Outstanding Cadet in Management in his graduating class. In 2014, Rudzinski earned his master's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado.
He and his wife, Lauren, live in Colorado Springs and have three children, Elin (3) and Luke (2) and Malin (1). John and Lauren have strong admiration for the members of our armed services and feel fortunate to mentor the next great generation of Air Force Officers .
RUDZINSKI'S COACHING LEDGER