Coach Steve Ruzich was an All-American catcher at the College of St. Francis. He graduated in 1985 and was drafted that summer by the Chicago White Sox. Steve had a short stint as a pro catcher before coming to South Suburban College as head baseball coach in 1987.
Coach Ruzich heads into his 28th year as head baseball coach and has compiled a record of 978 wins and 565 losses. Included in his tenure have been four sectional titles, seven regional titles and two appearances at the JUCO World Series including a sixth place finish and eight regional runner-up finishes. In 2005, under the guidance of Coach Ruzich, the Bulldogs set a school record for most wins and winning percentage in a season going 51-11 (.823).
2012 was another outstanding season for Coach Ruzich’s Bulldogs. The Bulldogs claimed their 9th Regional Title and posted a 35 and 24 record.
His coaching awards have included N4C Coach of the Year, Region 4 Coach of the Year (nine times), College Coach of the Year from the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago (twice), Great Lakes District Coach of the Year and Diamond District Coach of the Year.
Steve’s student athletes’ graduation rate is 75%. Steve has coached eleven All-Americans including 2013 1st team Steve Letz and 2006 1st team Lee Fischer who was also voted best defensive player in the nation. "Coach Ru" also has had 21 players drafted by major league teams including five players that have reached the big leagues. Four are currently playing including Rob Mackowiak (Free Agent), Tim Brydak (Houston Astros), Ron Mahay (Minnesota Twins) and Tony Cigrani (Cincinnatti Reds). 210 players have continued on to four-year college programs. As a player himself, Steve was named second team All-American Catcher, All-District Catcher and All-Area Catcher.
Being a youth instructor, Head Catching Instructor at Midwest Sports Complex and Academy Director at Grandslam have kept him busy. Coach Ruzich is particularly known as the Director and Coordinator of parent-child baseball camps locally, which over 1200 participants have attended. Steve also works part time for the Chicago White Sox, instructing in their fundamentals area at home games at U. S. Cellular Field.
Steve completed his master’s degree in physical education at Chicago State University.
Coach Steve Ruzich resides in Joliet, Illinois with his wife, Patti and children Timothy, Nathan and Amanda.