RB Coach Ken Rucker Accepts New Position

Ken Rucker is moving into the newly created Director of High School Relations and Player Development position at Texas, Mack Brown said on Wednesday. Rucker has served as running backs coach for the Longhorns for three seasons. His assistant coach/running backs coach position will be posted immediately and Brown will begin a search for his replacement.

"After we posted the position, Ken came to us and said he was interested," Brown said. "He was very excited and already had a lot of great ideas. We talked at length about it and in the end, couldn't have found a better candidate. He has a great relationship with the high school coaches and will do a terrific job managing the events we have for them. Our players and staff all love him and he'll bring energy, enthusiasm and expertise to the position. Ken has done a great job for us on the field and he has had a strong influence on our running backs off the field. In this position, Ken will be able to be a great role model for every one of the student-athletes on our team.

"We'll really miss him as our running backs coach, but in this new position, he'll still be around our coaches and kids everyday. He'll be providing an invaluable service to our program."

The details of the position are still being worked out, but Rucker will work extensively with the High School Coaches Clinic and summer camps while also assisting with the development of the Longhorn football players. He'll also work closely in managing prospects visits on campus and coordinate campus and facility tours for unofficial visits. Rucker will work closely with the current Longhorn team, helping to manage and oversee many of their off-the-field responsibilities and supervision while assisting in their community service efforts.

"We're very excited about the position," Rucker said. "It's an opportunity to continue to be a role model for the kids, helping to build character and also maintain relationships with the high school coaches which are both such a vital part of our program. I have always been about football, family and faith and this position will help us strengthen our relationships with the kids and touch even more of their lives."

"Coach Brown has done such a great job building relationships and reaching out to the high school coaches because we know how important they are to our program. It really excites me to be in a position where I can be of assistance to him to build on those strengths everyday. I've always enjoyed working with the high school coaches but in this role I can be available for them to call me with questions, work with them in our coaches clinic and maintain those relationships."

Rucker joined the Texas staff in 2005 after spending two seasons as running backs coach at Georgia (2003-04). He served as running backs coach at Texas A&M for a total of six years (1994-97; 2001-02) with a three-year stop at North Carolina as special teams coordinator/linebackers coach in between (1998-2000). Rucker also spent time at Baylor (1993), Arkansas (1990-92), Air Force (1984-89), Richmond (1982-83) and Appalachian State (1979-81).

"When you've coached for 32 years you know you're going to miss it because it's something you've done your whole life, but I'm excited about this new position because there is so much opportunity to grow, learn and help. I'll be able to be around the kids more and not just coaching running backs, but in their everyday walk in life."

The Morristown, Tenn. native began his coaching career as a high school coach. He spent one year as Defensive Coordinator at James Cawood High School (1976) in Kentucky and two seasons as Defensive Coordinator at David Crockett High School (1977-78) in Tennessee before moving into the college coaching ranks.

A standout linebacker and team MVP as a college player, he graduated from Carson- Newman College in 1976. He and his wife, Nancy, have one daughter, Kenny Lynnette.

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