Bryan Rudden returns for his second season as an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Wilmington University. He will continue to coach and develop the goalkeeper’s in 2012. His return to the coaching staff in 2010 followed a brief hiatus from Wilmington, as he previously assisted former head coach Dave Bugda.
Rudden brings a wealth of experience to the Wildcat staff, having spent time as the head coach at Wilmington Friends Middle School, and as the Goalkeeper Coach at Newark High School, Goldey-Beacom College and here at Wilmington. He also runs various Goalkeeper Academics for both Middletown and Kirkwood Soccer Clubs.
Prior to getting into the coaching realm of soccer, Rudden starred as a collegiate goalkeeper himself. He began his collegiate career in 2001 as the starting goalkeeper for the newly formed men’s soccer team at Wilmington. He was an integral piece in the team’s early run of success, helping lead the team to a Top-25 NAIA National Ranking. In his two years at Wilmington, Rudden was a two-time First Team All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference selection. He also garnered NSCAA All-American and All-Region honors.
After two seasons for the Wildcats, Rudden finished his collegiate career at Goldey-Beacom College. In his first season for the Lightning, Rudden led the squad to the CACC Championship, and was named to the All-Tournament Team. In his final season, he was once again named First-Team All-CACC, and ranked as the top statistical leader in all of Division II in total saves (156) and saves per game (8.67). Following his collegiate career, Rudden tried out professional for both the Baltimore Blast and Philadelphia Kixx.
Rudden earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Goldey-Beacom and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Elementary Education.