Former Bison women's basketball coach Ruley hired as an athletic fundraiser for MSUM
MOORHEAD -- After nearly four decades at North Dakota State, former Bison head women’s basketball coach Amy Ruley is headed across the Red River.
Ruley has been hired by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation to be its new Senior Director of Development for Athletics.
Ruley has spent the past 38 years at NDSU, coaching the women’s basketball program from 1979-2008. Since 2008, she’s held senior development positions at NDSU.
“I think I had said I thought I would always end my career here, but this is a good opportunity and things change,” Ruley said. “I had this chance and I see what’s happening (at MSUM), there’s a lot of energy and positive things.”
Ruley guided the Bison to five NCAA Division II national championships, posting a 671-198 overall record during her storied career.
“I’m really excited to have her,” Dragons athletic director Doug Peters said. “I’m looking forward to learning from her and having her push us to get better.”
Ruley, 60, spent the past two years as a senior director of development for the College of Health Professions at NDSU. Prior to that, she worked in athletic fundraising for seven years at NDSU. This was a chance to combine fundraising and athletics again.
“This brings them both back together,” Ruley said. “It was just one of those opportunities that don’t come along often.”
Last winter, Ruley said she attended a basketball game at MSUM and visited with school president Anne Blackhurst. Ruley said it was a “variety of those kind of things” that led her to being interested in the Foundation position at MSUM.
“I hate leaving my college (at NDSU) because I love the dean that I work with, Chuck Peterson is outstanding,” Ruley said. “He’s a great leader.”
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference recently voted to adhere to Division II standards for scholarships. For example, the football maximum will increase from the current 28 to 36 in 2018-19.
“I think Amy can help us get to that next level,” Peters said.
Ruley said she starts at MSUM in early August.
“There’s a lot of people that support our community and they support Concordia and MSUM and NDSU, so you’re staying in that college town and that environment of support,” Ruley said.