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Virginia’s Tony Elliott hires Air Force DC John Rudzinski

John Rudzinski
John Rudzinski. Photo courtesy UVA Athletics.

Virginia football coach Tony Elliott has hired Air Force defensive coordinator John Rudzinski to head up his defense.

The news was first reported Thursday morning by Yahoo Sports senior college football writer Pete Thamel, then confirmed later in the day by Virginia Athletics.

Rudzinski has been at Air Force for 14 years, the last four as the defensive coordinator, and his units have been productive – ranking fourth nationally in total defense (296.5 yards per game) and 16th in scoring defense (19.8 points per game) in 2021, as Air Force finished with a 10-3 record.

Rudzinski also served as the recruiting coordinator at Air Force, from 2012-2014.

A 2005 alum of the Air Force Academy, the entirety of his college coaching experience has been at his alma mater.

He was a two-year captain of the football team, and upon graduation, he commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force, and served a four-year term at Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston, S.C.

Story by Chris Graham

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