Linfield Wildcats

Coach Biography

Ad Rutschman

Ad Rutschman

15th Year Kickoff Return

Phone: 503-883-2413


Ad Rutschman coached football for 24 seasons, baseball for 13 seasons and served as athletic director for 25 years. He is the first athletic director emeritus in the history of the college. As a member of the current football coaching staff, he oversees the kickoff return unit on special teams, a role he has held for 15 seasons.

Rutschman's football teams won three NAIA Division II national championships, reached the postseason playoffs 13 times and won 15 conference titles. He retired from coaching football in 1991 with a career record of 183-48-3 (.788).

From 1971 to 1983, Rutschman coached the baseball program, leading the Wildcats to six conference championships and seven NAIA District 2 titles. In his first season as baseball coach, he guided Linfield to the NAIA national championship.

He is the only college coach at any level to have won national titles in both football and baseball. Three times, Rutschman was named Division II football coach of the year. He was honored as the state of Oregon's Slats Gill man of the year five times, more than any other individual. Rutschman was named to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1988, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.