Pat Ruel Named USC Offensive Line Coach
Feb. 11, 2005
Pat Ruel, who has 31 years of college and NFL coaching experience, has been named USC's offensive line coach, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.
He replaces Tim Davis, who this week took a similar position with the Miami Dolphins.
Ruel, 54, spent the 2004 season as an offensive line assistant with the New York Giants.
He worked on the college level for the first 26 years of his career before moving to the NFL for the past 5 years. His coaching career began in 1973 as a graduate assistant at Miami, his alma mater. He was promoted to a fulltime assistant handling the offensive line for the Hurricanes for the following 3 years (1974-76).
He next was the assistant offensive line coach at Arkansas in 1977 (Carroll was a member of that Razorbacks' staff and the team played in the 1978 Orange Bowl). He then spent 4 years (1978-81) at Washington State, the first 2 seasons as the offensive line coach before adding offensive coordinator duties for his final two seasons. The 1981 Cougars played in the Holiday Bowl. He was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Texas A&M for the next 3 years (1982-84), then had similar duties (along with being the assistant head coach) at Northern Illinois for 3 seasons (1985-87).
He spent the next 9 years (1988-96) at Kansas, the first 3 as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then adding assistant head coach to his title the final 6 years. The Jayhawks played in the 1992 and 1995 Aloha Bowls. He then was at Michigan State for 2 years (1998-99), the first year as the offensive line coach and then adding assistant head coach duties in the second season. The Spartans played in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl.
He moved to the NFL in 2000 as the offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions, then spent the next 2 seasons (2001-02) as the assistant offensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers were in the NFC playoffs both seasons. He was the offensive line coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2003 before going to the Giants.
He lettered at offensive guard for Miami in 1971 and 1972. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Miami in 1972.
He was born on Dec. 5, 1950. He and his wife, Marti, have a daughter, Sabra, 19. His full name is Golden Pat Ruel.