Former VSU Athletic Trainer Jim Rudd Passes Away

| August 8, 2014

Source: Valdosta State University Athletics

VALDOSTA, GA – The Blazer Athletics family extends sympathy to the family of Jim Rudd, who served as an athletic trainer at Valdosta State in from 1985-86 and again from 1988-89. Rudd, 63, of Hillboro, N.D., passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. after a brief illness.

Following his time with Valdosta State, Rudd moved on in 1989 to become the Director of Sports Medicine at the University of North Dakota where he served for 15 years. Prior to VSU, Rudd began his sports medicine career in 1973 as an assistant athletic trainer for the Philiadelphia Eagles in the National Football League.

In 2009, Rudd was inducted into the UND Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.

“Jim was a true pioneer in sports medicine at the University of North Dakota,” state UND Athletics Director Brian Faison in a statement released by the UND Athletic Media Relations department this week. “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.”

A memorial service is scheduled to be held on the campus of UND at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 10, and a guestbook may be signed or viewed at

Source: Valdosta State University Athletics

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