Rusty Loyd completes his fifth year as head men's golf and assistant men's basketball coach at Rose-Hulman this fall in his 16th overall season of college coaching.
On the golf links, Loyd's squad combines excellence in the classroom with performance on the course. John Rigitano earned two Capital One Academic All-District honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, and Sanders Park was named HCAC Freshman of the Year in 2013. The team's scoring average has shown improvement for each of the last two seasons.
Rose-Hulman has achieved an overall men's basketball record of 89-47 since Loyd joined the coaching staff in 2009-10, including a 82-29 mark over the past four seasons. The era includes trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2012, 2013 and 2014; Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014; and league regular season titles in 2013 and 2014.
The men's basketball team also led NCAA Division III in scoring defense in 2013 (51.8 ppg) and finished third nationally in scoring defense in 2012.
Loyd spent three seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His efforts included recruiting a class of seven freshman for the 2008-09 campaign, highlighted by the conference's only first-team all-league newcomer.
Prior to his stint at Illinois Tech, Loyd spent four seasons as assistant coach at the University of Chicago with recruiting classes that featured one All-American, one Conference Player of the Year and 11 all-conference selections. The Maroons compiled a 69-58 overall record and a 43-27 league mark with two University Athletic Association championships during those four years.
Loyd also spent two seasons as assistant coach at Lewis University. He helped assemble a team that finished 25-7 with a Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen. His first college coaching experience came for two years as the assistant at Earlham College under Rose-Hulman alumnus Jeff Justus, highlighted with the team's first winning conference record in 25 years.
He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Chicago in 1998 and added a master's degree in sports administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2008. During his final two seasons at Chicago, Loyd played on squads that combined for a 48-8 record and made two trips to the NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen. He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the University of Chicago in 2010 after completing his career as the school's all-time leader in assists and steals.
Loyd and his wife Kristen, who works in the Rose-Hulman student life office, reside in Terre Haute. They have two children, Mia (7) and Mason (4).
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