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 sixth season with the Falcons. In addition to his work with the secondary, Rudzinski’s tenure includes responsibilities as the recruiting coordinator, outside linebackers coach and as a defensive assistant in the program.
Last season, Rudzinski developed first-team All- Mountain West Conference performer Weston Steelhammer at safety. Steelhammer record six interceptions on the season and tied a school record with three vs. Boise State. In addition, Rudzinski’s leadership spurred Christian Spears to be among the team leaders in tackles with 81 while Jordan Mays added 49 in his first season as a starter.
In 2012, Rudzinski guided Alex Means to Mountain West all-conference honors. With Rudzinski’s teaching, Means led the Falcons in tackles for loss and sacks while finishing near the conference leaders. 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.
As recruiting coordinator from 2012-2014, Rudzinski managed the national academic and athletic evaluation of high school prospects.
In 2010 and 2011, Rudzinski’s first two years back on staff, the Falcons won back-to-back Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. 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 Famer Fisher DeBerry. Learning under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Richard Bell, Rudzinski helped 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. He was responsible for the people, products and processes for the multi-billion dollar C-17 aircraft maintenance effort. Throughout his time in Charleston, he coached at First Baptist High School as a defensive assistant. Rudzinski is a 2001 high school graduate from Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A three-year letterman at the Air Force Academy, he 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.
Rudzinski 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 (4), Luke (3) and Malin (2). He 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.