A native of Bradford, England, Ruff comes to Aquinas after serving as an assistant coach for the past three years at NCAA DII Saginaw Valley State University. Ruff helped the Cardinals to tremendous success in his time there, winning GLIAC Championships in both 2016 and this past season. The Cardinals qualified for the NCAA Tournament all three seasons Ruff was on staff, including an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance this past fall. Ruff helped coach 21 All-GLIAC players, 11 All-Region honorees, two Academic All-Americans, two Daktronics All-Americans, two GLIAC Freshman of the Year winners, a GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year and GLIAC Goalkeeper of the Year in his time in Saginaw.
Prior to his time at SVSU, Ruff spent three years as an assistant coach at Northwood University, where he helped lead the Timberwolves to two GLIAC Tournament Championships and a regular season GLIAC title, while hosting two NCAA Tournament first round games. They were NCAA Regional Runners-up in 2015. At Northwood he helped guide six All-GLIAC and All-Region players as well as four Academic All-Americans and three Daktronics All-Americans.
Ruff's collegiate playing career was spent at Northwood (2010-13), where he amassed an impressive list of honors. Ruff was a two-year captain and three-time ALL-GLIAC honoree. Twice he was 1st-team All-GLIAC and earned 3rd -team and 1st-team NSCAA All-Region honors. He was GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year his senior season.
Coach Ruff currently also serves as the Director of Coaching for Nationals Soccer Club, a position he has held since 2016. Prior to that, he owned and served as Director of Coaching for Premier Soccer Group Mid-Michigan for four years. He holds USSF National C, USSF National D and USSF National E coaching licenses, as well as a Diploma in football educationand FA Level 2.