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Former UND sports medicine director dies

Jim Rudd, the former UND director of sports medicine, died Saturday. He was 63.

Regarded as a pioneer in athletic training, Rudd helped introduce the care today’s student-athletes receive from trainers,

Rudd served as the school’s director of sports medicine and head athletic director from 1989 through June 2003.

“We lost a great, loyal supporter,” said UND football coach Bubba Schweigert, who was an assistant coach for the Green and White during Rudd’s tenure. “Every game, Jim was pretty up tight and on edge because he took his job very seriously.”

Rudd was instrumental in developing the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in the early 1990s and was still an active professor and academic advisor within the BSAT degree program at the time of his death.

 “Jim was a true pioneer in sports medicine at the University of North Dakota,” said UND Athletics Director Brian Faison. “More than that, he was a mentor to a great many young student-athletes and athletic training professionals. He genuinely cared and he remained deeply involved long after his tenure as director had ended.”

 Prior to arriving at UND in 1989, Rudd had spent the previous four years in the same position at Valdosta (Ga.) State University. His career in the field of sports medicine began in 1973 when he served as an assistant athletic trainer for the National Football League’s (NFL) Philadelphia Eagles.

 In 2009, Rudd was inducted into the North Dakota Athletic Trainers Association (NDATA) Hall of Fame.

 A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Hopper Danley Spiritual Center on the UND campus.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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