Doug Ruse goes about his business quietly. But, the results are all loud. His quarterbacking corps at Arkansas State has made stride after stride.
Coach Ruse oversaw the offensive moves of all-conference quarterback Nick Noce and now has 2007 Davey O’Brien semifinalist Corey Leonard in position to continue his rise among the elite quarterbacks in the conference.
Noce owns the school record for yards passing in a game (418 vs. Memphis) and Leonard, who set the school record is on pace to break ASU’s all-time record for total offense and threw a school-record five touchdown passes in a game last season.
Not only does Ruse mold quarterbacks, he molds offenses in his role as coordinator. The 2007 ASU offense posted a single-game school-record 681 yards, piled up the most passing yards by an ASU team in a decade and ended the season with 4,558 total yards, the second most in school history.
This was a year after the 2006 ASU offense posted over 400 yards of offense three times and tallied 300-plus yards of offense in eight games while ranking second in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing offense. Now with an even more seasoned group of quarterbacks returning, a proven running game, a number of talented receivers back and a strong offensive line, 2008 could be a very exciting season for the Red Wolves offense.
Doug Ruse came to ASU as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in January 2002 after spending eight seasons at Northwestern (La.) State in the same positions.
During his time at NSU, the Demons produced offensive players who set single game, season and career records in passing and scoring.
Ruse joined the Northwest Missouri State staff upon graduation in 1986. After serving as a graduate assistant coach from 1986-87, he joined the staff full-time. In 1990, he was named offensive coordinator.
Born Oct. 19, 1962, in Kansas City, Mo., Ruse attended Truman High School in Independence, Mo., where he played quarterback.
Ruse received his bachelor's degree in 1986 and his master's in 1988, also from Northwest Missouri.
He and his wife, the former Sandy Gallagher of Maryville, Mo., have one son, Adam (22), and two daughters-Megan (18) and Whitney (15).