Bay coach Ron Rutt is Cleveland Browns HS Coach of the Year
Bay High School Rockets head football coach, Ron Rutt, was honored on Sunday, Dec. 11, during the Cleveland Browns’ game as their 2017 High School Coach of the Year.
The Browns also surprised Rutt at school the following day with a gift of Xenith helmets for the team worth $25,000. The Rockets had already been awarded $1,500 for winning a Browns Game of the Week, and $3,000 for Rutt being Coach of the Year. As an added treat for Rutt, the Browns will send him to the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, next month. Rutt will represent the Browns as Cleveland’s Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominee.
In addition, the Cleveland Browns, University Hospitals, and Xenith Helmets will provide all Rockets football coaches with free, USA Football “Heads Up” training so that they have additional education in teaching the proper way to tackle and hit to avoid injury.
Since being named the Rockets’ head coach in 2014, Rutt has earned a 37-13 record (.740, including postseason) and has reached the playoffs each year while developing a program that finished a combined 10-40 the previous four seasons. In 2017, the Rockets finished 10-0 to post the school’s first undefeated regular season since 1954 and advanced to win two playoff games.
The Bay graduate also takes great pride in his team, school and local community and is committed to their immediate and long-term success by creating a family atmosphere. He noted the team plays as a Wolf Pack, named after the fact that three of the district’s schools are located on Bay Village’s Wolf Road.
“It’s quite an honor, especially coming from the Browns,” said Rutt. “But it’s really a program honor. Everything our players do, everything our coaching staff does, led to this.”
Director of Communications for the Bay Village City School District