Rich Ruff is currently a private/group instructor at USA Training Centers. As a player, Ruff has enjoyed success at many different levels at different positions. In his freshman year at Notre Dame High School, he was part of the 2004 Illinois State Championship team as an infielder. By his senior year, he had garnered an All-Conference nod as a catcher.
Ruff was a member of the NJCAA World Series Champion Parkland College roster before transferring to Eastern Illinois University and Quincy University. His final year of college baseball brought him great success as a pitcher for Quincy University. He threw three shutouts before winning the Great Lakes Valley Conference title.
Ruff was drafted in the 46th round of the 2011 MLB amateur draft by the New York Mets. He played two seasons in the Mets system and also two years of Independent League baseball.
His playing career aside, Ruff has also served as pitching coach/hitting instructor at Notre Dame High School and as bullpen coach at Quincy University.
Notre Dame High School, Class of 2007
- 2003-2007: Notre Dame High School Baseball Team (IF)
- 2004: Illinois State Champions
- 2007: All-Conference (C)
Parkland College, Class of 2011
- 2008-2009: Parkland College Baseball Team (C)
- 2009: NJCAA World Series National Champions
Eastern Illinois University, Class of 2011
- 2010: Eastern Illinois University Baseball Team (C)
- 2010: Top Prospect in Midwest (C)
Quincy University, Class of 2011
- 2011: Quincy University Baseball Team (P)
- 2011: Weekend Starting Pitcher
- 2011: Threw three complete-game shutouts
- 2011: Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Champions
- 2011: Threw a one-hit shutout in the GLVC Tournament
- 2012: Bullpen Coach
New York Mets Baseball Club
New York City, New York
- 2011: Mets, Gulf Coast League
- 2012: Brooklyn Cyclones, New York-Penn League (P)
Normal Cornbelters Baseball Club
- 2012: Normal Cornbelters, Independent Frontier League
Notre Dame High School
- 2012-2013: Pitching Coach/Hitting Instructor
Taos Blizzards Baseball Club
- 2013: Taos Blizzards, Independent Pecos League
USA Training Centers
- 2013-Present: Private and group instructor