April 8, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head football coach Tim DeRuyter will be honored Friday by his alma mater, St. John Bosco High School, at the second annual Braves Gala being held at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
A 1981 graduate of St. John Bosco, DeRuyter lettered in both football and basketball for the Braves. He was a first-team All-Del Rey League selection in 1980 when he helped lead the Braves to the league title. DeRuyter won the Coaches Award for being an "on field" leader during games.
After graduating from Bosco, DeRuyter received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. A linebacker for the Falcons, DeRuyter helped Air Force beat Notre Dame four times in his career and win four different bowl games.
He graduated from the Academy with a degree in management in 1985 and is now set to enter his second season as head coach of the Bulldogs. In year one at Fresno State, DeRuyter helped the 'Dogs claim a share of their first conference title since 1999 by going 7-1 in their first season of Mountain West play. Fresno State finished the 2012 season 9-4 overall and made an appearance in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl.
DeRuyter is not the only Bulldog to hail from St. John Bosco. Current sophomore wide receiver Justin Johnson was a 2012 Braves graduate and played in 10 games last season for the 'Dogs as a true freshman.
"Discover Fresno State Football" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647).
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