The Susquehanna University Football team has filled its full-time assistant coach position with defensive specialist Pat Ruley as the program's new Defensive Coordinator as announced by head coach Tom Perkovich.
Ruley, who started his role with the River Hawks in the Spring, brings four years of coaching experience with him to the position including two seasons as the Outside Linebackers coach at conference foe Muhlenberg from 2014-15. While coaching on the defensive side of the ball for the Mules, Muhlenberg was the top ranked defense in the Centennial Conference in both 2014 and 2015 and boasted the No. 8 ranked runs defense in the country.
He moved on from Muhlenberg to Alderson Broaddus University where he served as Linebackers Coach and Special Team Coordinator for the 2016 season. The Battlers won the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (GMAC) title defeating Kentucky Wesleyan in the title game. The defense was ranked among the top three teams in the country (at the Division II level) in scoring and rushing defense.
Prior to Muhlenberg, Ruley was a Defensive Quality Control coach and Special Teams assistance at Towson University during the 2013 season. He helped the Tigers to a 13-3 record and a trip to the NCAA FCS Championship game as Towson finished runner up in 2013.
Ruley was an All-American linebacker at Rowan University as he started 26 games and made 179 tackles and six sacks in his career. The two-time All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) selection at linebacker helped Rowan to a NJAC Championship in 2010 as a sophomore and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 as a senior.
The River Hawks open the 2017 season September 2 at home against Lycoming College in the battle for the Stagg Hat Trophy.