Athletics Coaching Staff
Rusty Ruffcorn
University of Nebraska Athletics
Coach Info:
Position: University of Nebraska Athletics
Other Position: Women's Basketball & Swimming Strength Coach
Phone: (402) 472-3333

Rusty Ruffcorn has served as the Nebraska’s women's basketball strength coach since 2006. In addition to his duties with the women's basketball program, Ruffcorn has served as a strength coach at the Devaney Center, while helping the Huskers transition into their new weight room at the Hendricks Training Complex in 2011-12.


Ruffcorn oversees the year-round training for the Husker women's basketball team and played a major role in the physical development of first-team All-Americans Jordan Hooper (2014) and Kelsey Griffin (2010), and honorable-mention All-Americans Lindsey Moore (2013) and Rachel Theriot (2014).


Other all-conference performers have included Emily Cady, Cory Montgomery, Yvonne Turner, Danielle Page, Chelsea Aubry and Kiera Hardy, who all continued their basketball careers at the professional level alongside Griffin, Hooper and Moore. Griffin, Hooper, Moore and Page all played at least one full season in the WNBA, while Aubry was the first Husker to participate in women's basketball in the Olympics (Canada, 2012).


During his time as NU's women's basketball strength coach, Ruffcorn has helped the Huskers to the most successful stretch in school history, including seven trips to the NCAA Tournament, a pair of NCAA Sweet 16 bids in 2010 and 2013, and two conference titles in 2010 and 2014.


In 2009-10, NU went undefeated in the regular season, finishing 29-0. The Huskers also made NCAA appearances in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Big Red also won their first-ever conference tournament title with a Big Ten championship in 2014. The Huskers also advanced to the Big Ten title game in their first season in the conference in 2012.


Ruffcorn began his association with Nebraska as a volunteer intern in 2004. He moved into a full-time intern role in 2005 and worked with the baseball and football squads before taking over for the men's and women's basketball teams (2006-11). While working with the Husker baseball team, Nebraska won a Big 12 title and a game in the College World Series.


A native of Omaha, Ruffcorn was a student assistant strength coach at Nebraska-Omaha before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2004. During his time at UNO, Ruffcorn served as the primary strength coach for the Maverick football and softball teams. The football team won a pair of conference titles, including an undefeated season, while the softball team added two league titles and a national championship during Ruffcorn's time with the Mavs.


With a significant background in strength training, power lifting and Olympic weightlifting, Ruffcorn has earned USAW Level I club coach certification and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (C.S.C.S.).


Rusty is married to the former Lisa Rathbun, and the couple has two daughters, Bella Grace and Brooklyn Reese.