|By Jim Henry, The Joplin Globe, Mo.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
New Lions football coach
Rutledge, who coached football and track and field at
But in mid-August -- 18 days before the football season began -- Wade abruptly resigned.
What happened was Rutledge was retained on the football staff of interim coach
His cross country teams have appeared in 11 of the last 13 Division II championships, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in 2000, seventh place in 2002 and eighth place last fall.
He's been named MIAA coach of the year five times in cross country and twice in indoor track. And, he was regional coach of the year in indoor track three times and cross country one.
Rutledge has coached four national champions, eight cross country All-Americans, 55 track and field All-Americans and many academic All-Americans. In 2005,
In addition, Rutledge designed and built a cross country course on campus that has been the site of seven regional meets and five national meets (two AAU, three
Rutledge was inducted into the
"I was lucky to be at the right place at the right time," said Rutledge, who has announced he will retire after this school year.
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