Tom Rutledge came to Missouri Southern in 1988 as an assistant football coach and in 1989 became the first head cross country and track and field coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. Since that time, Rutledge has been named MIAA Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year five times and Indoor Coach of the Year twice. He has mentored eight cross country All-Americans and fifty-five track and field All-Americans, including many achieving multiple All-American honors.