Calvin Ruzicka, Math Teacher, Coach - Cedar Hill High School
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Calvin Ruzicka is responsible for a lot of numbers at Cedar Hill High School:
88: students in his Advanced Quantitative Reasoning math class,
19: safeties he coaches on the Longhorn football team, and
$3.5 million: the amount of scholarship money he helped CHISD seniors secure during the 2016/2017 school year.
The last number is the highest it has ever been. “When we hit $1 million, I was proud, and now we just hit $3.5 million,” he said. This year half of graduating seniors on the football team received scholarships. Additionally, he works with about 350 athletes in district’s athletic programs who are competitive in the classroom and their chosen sport. He ensures qualified students are included in the NCAA Eligibility Center and helps them navigate the process. “For parents who have never been through this, it’s a real learning curve.”
Known affectionately as “Coach Roo” to staff and students, he joined CHISD in 2001 and was handed recruiting as part of his coaching duties. “Back then we used VHS tapes to send highlights to schools,” he said, pointing to an old stack in his office. “Now we send everything online.” The Texas native edits highlight reels and uses the connections he has developed during his 16 years on the job to attract attention from colleges and universities. This season, his professional highlight reel includes helping players get scholarship money to attend Georgetown, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, University of Texas, University of Oklahoma and many others.
Bringing to Cedar Hill legendary college coaches such as Mack Brown of the University of Texas and Gary Patterson of Texas Christian University is a huge perk. He refers to National Signing Day as the CHISD Super Bowl. “Mothers will hug me and tell me there is no other way their child would have gone to college without a scholarship.” Another big day is when players graduate from the school he helped them get into.
BBA - Southwest Texas State