Inducted:  July 27, 1973 in Bloomington, IN
Date of Birth:  June 8, 1911 in East Chicago, IN

High School Attended:  East Chicago Roosevelt                     Graduated:  1930

High School Honors:  Lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track.

College Attended:  Valparaiso University     Graduated:  1934 

                           Indiana University  MA                     1948

Coaching Experience:  Assistant football coach at VU 1935; assistant football coach 1936, then head coach 26 years at East Chicago Roosevelt 1937-1963, with a record of 185-53-8; served as a scout for Santa Clara University and the Detroit, Cleveland, and Philadelphia professional football teams; also, coached American Legion baseball teams 10 years.

Coaching Honors:  6 mythical State Football Championships and 1 Co-State Title; 11 Northwest Conference Championships and 1 Co-Title; undefeated seasons 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957; had 17 East Chicago City Titles; 52 players were selected First Team All-State and 10 were First Team Prep All-American selections; numerous Coach of the Year honors; VU Alumnus Coach of the Year 1960; Legion teams won 5 state titles, a national regional championship, and reached national semi-finals 1945.
Special Recognition:  Member of the Eastman Kodak Coach of the Year Football Clinic Advisory Board; member of the Indiana Youth Fitness Committee 1962; 25-year member of the Board of Directors of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association; became Athletic Director of the East Chicago Public Schools 1963; recognized in Indiana Who’s Who.

Family:  Wife, Julie; sons, Dean, Ralph, and Tony

Coach Rucinski passed away June 19, 2000.