D. W. Rutledge
Executive Director, Texas High School Coaches Association
During his 16 years of coaching, D.W. Rutledge was one of the most successful coaches in Texas high school football history, winning four state championships in the state’s highest classification, 5A. The stadium in Converse Texas is named after him. He co-authored a book and curriculum titled Coaching to Change Lives that is still widely used across the country. However coaching to him means much more than developing physical prowess. He believes that athletics offer coaches a unique opportunity to build the character of young athletes D.W embodies the very mission of the association: To help and serve our Texas high school coaches as they work to help and serve our student athletes. “HELPING COACHES TO HELP KIDS.”
As Executive Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association, Coach Rutledge has prioritized TCFV’s Coaching Boys into Men program. He has offered access to his 21,000 members to raise awareness of the program and has been instrumental in its implementation in Texas high schools. A new initiative of the Association under his direction is the Game Changer Leadership Summit, a forum which brings together a community of coaches tapping on their leadership to be ambassadors for change in the lives of young athletes. A focus is on young athletes where a father may not be present in the home. More information can be found at the Game Changer website, http://www.coachessummit.com/index.html.
The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) is the principle advocate and leadership organization for Texas high school coaches. THSCA provides the highest quality representation, education, and services to Texas high school coaches and affiliate members, and enhances the professionalism of coaches and the schools they represent.
Coach Rutledge is truly a champion; his vision and wisdom on and off the field is truly remarkable.