The Wenatchee Wild will be welcoming back a familiar face for the 2021-22 season in Tom Rudrud. The Wild organization is very excited to have him back behind the bench for the upcoming season as associate head coach. Head coach Chris Clark is excited to have Rudrud back.
“I am extremely happy to have Tom rejoining our coaching staff. Tom has a wealth of experience and success at every level. Tom is a great teacher and does a great job at developing players. His passion for the game is infectious on everyone,” Clark said.
Wild General Manager Bliss Littler is thrilled to have Rudrud back with the team this season.
“The Wenatchee Wild could not be more excited in bringing Tom Rudrud back to the organization as Associate Head coach of the Wild. Tom has so much experience to offer the players. Any organization is better with Tom being part of it,” Littler said.
Rudrud has a wealth of experience in various leagues and even with two USA junior hockey national select teams. He was a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University Mankato for the 1985-86 season. Rudrud then transitioned to an assistant coach at Ferris State University from 1986-1992 before taking on the same role at University of Illinois-Chicago from 1993-1996. After his last season with the University of Illinois-Chicago, he transitioned to the junior hockey ranks.
Rudrud served as the Head Coach of the Danville Wings of the NAHL from 1996-1998 before taking on the same role with the Grand Rapids Bearcats/Rockets from 1998-2000. He then switched to the USHL where he was an assistant coach with the Topeka Scarecrows from 2001-2003. He then made the switch to the Tri-City Storm where he served as an assistant from 2003-2008. He was then promoted to head coach for the 2008-2009 season.
He would then take a few years off before joining the Wenatchee Wild in 2012. He served as an assistant during their NAHL days until 2015. He maintained the same role during the team’s first BCHL season in 2016-17.
Rudrud is excited to get going in his return to the Wild organization.
“I look forward to my return to Wenatchee and working with some excellent people. The Wild have long been one of the premier organizations in junior hockey, I am honored to be apart of the team,” Rudrud said.
Before his coaching days, Rudrud played a single season of junior hockey for the Bloomington Junior Stars of the USHL in 1978-79. During his time with the Junior Stars, he picked up 41 goals and 42 assists for 83 points overall. He then went on to play four years of college hockey at Ferris State University. During his time at Ferris State, he donned the captain’s “C” for the 1981-82 season. Overall, in his collegiate career, Rudrud collected a total of 80 goals and 74 assists for 154 points.