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Pete Rucinski
2000-01 Hall of Fame
Football, Basketball, & Baseball (1930-1934)

During his years at VU, Pete Rucinski won four varsity letters in both football and basketball. He captained the 1932 basketball team, played halfback on the undefeated 1932 football team and was honored as VU's "Ideal Athlete" during his senior year.

Rucinski remained at VU as assistant football coach in 1935 until he was hired in 1936 by the East Chicago (Ind.) school system. After becoming head football coach in 1936, he set a standard of excellence that others have tried to emulate. Prior to his retirement from active coaching, his teams had won eight mythical state championships, 11 conference championships and six Northern Indiana Championship playoffs against South Bend teams. Rucinski coached six undefeated teams and had five others that suffered only one loss. He also coached high school and American Legion baseball for many years.

Rucinski was the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including a 1992 Alumni Achievement Award from VU. He will be inducted posthumously and will be represented by one of his sons, Dr. Ralph Rucinski, of Crown Point, Ind.

2000-01 Hall of Fame
Lee EngertBaseball (1947-1951)
Jerry GoegleinFootball (1958-1962)
Tim JuranBaseball (1968-1972)
Bob MetcalfBasketball (1946-1950)
Pete RucinskiFootball, Basketball, & Baseball (1930-1934)
Lorrie WoycikBasketball, Softball, & Volleyball (1948-1952)
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler