The Webster Lacrosse Club would like to extend a warm and a well-deserved recognition to Rob Ruller, for his 200th career win as the head coach of the Webster Thomas Varsity lacrosse program. The job of a high school lacrosse coach is not known for its longevity. Coach Ruller has coached the Thomas Titans lacrosse program since 2003.
During his tenure, his teams have won two Section V Championships, frequently made the Sectional semifinals, produced 6 High School All Americans, and dozens of All-County/All-League student athletes. Most recently, his teams have consistently achieved the High Honor Roll, Section V Academic Standard of maintaining a cumulative team Grade Point Average (GPA) of 90% or higher. Many of those student/athletes have carried the full boat of multiple Honors courses while maintaining a balance with lacrosse and academics.
Coach Ruller is much more than a coach to his players. He is a mentor, a teacher, a friend, a student and a keeper of the game. He has held his teams of student- athletes to a much higher standard and would not sacrifice the integrity of the team for any of these 200 wins. His knowledge of the game is superior as that he regularly prepares and instills in his coaches and student-athletes the determination, perseverance and grit they will need to be successful in all aspects of their lives. The biggest attribute that coach Ruller holds dearly to his heart is that he teaches his student athletes how to be good people, husbands, fathers, neighbors, and employees. This is the most important trait that his players come away with that have played in his program.
Coach Ruller’s players have gone on to the U.S. Military academies and enlisted service. Several are now serving in the U.S. armed forces. He has well over one hundred student athletes who have gone on to play at the collegiate level, from Club and Community College all the way up to the Division I level.
Perhaps most important to our Club and a tribute to his character has been how much of a leader he has been in mentoring and growing the Town recreational program. Great lacrosse communities are born out of great traditions. Talented players, families of lacrosse royalty, and more relevant to this discussion, good coaches, all come and go. They are just side effects. It is the traditions that abide.
The Webster Classic… our “Flagship Event.” Summer- time at the Box. Ghouls, Goals and Goblins Fall Round Robin tournament. The Turkey Bowl. The 8 Man Fall Tournament. Micro-lacrosse. These are the “non-negotiables” of our community focused lacrosse club.
Rob’s finger prints are all over these great traditions. It has grown into quite the proposition. In that regard we thank Coach Ruller for his service to the great tradition of Webster Lacrosse.
More importantly, we thank his family…his wife and kids for giving him to us and putting up with what it takes to rack up 200 wins. You have put up with a lot. We thank his parents for imparting the knowledge and discipline to teach the game as it was meant to be played.
Dom Starsia, former head coach at UVA once said, “Men of value have scars.” You do not get to 200 wins without scars. No doubt Coach Ruller has a few more coming but never the less, he will always have our support as long as the “Core Values” and traditions of Webster Lacrosse abide.
Congratulations Rob on your first 200 wins. We look forward Coach Jason Mordaci’s first 200 wins at Schroeder and your next 200 wins at Thomas. Earn those scars and keep moving forward. They will not go unnoticed.
Coach Ruller is the 10th Section V coach to achieve the 200 win milestone. Coach Ruller joins the impressive list of coaches John Pratt, Randy Garrett, John Johnson, Harry Queener, Mark Rice, Alan Henry, Brian Hobart Ernie Lisi & Joe Corcoran.