|Position:||Director of Athletic Training|
Dale Rudd, who has more than 30 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, is in his 15th year as UCLA's Director of Sports Medicine. He oversees the operation of UCLA's coed training room.
Rudd leads a center that offers Bruin athletes a comprehensive program entailing injury prevention; recognition, evaluation and management of injuries; rehabilitation and reconditioning following injury or surgery; and education and counseling. In addition, the staff and facilities of the UCLA Medical Center, one of the world's best medical teaching facilities, are heavily utilized in the treatment of the student-athletes.
In Spring of 2003, the athletic training staff moved into a new state-of-the-art facility as part of the Acosta Center project.
Rudd returned to UCLA in May of 2003 from the University of California, where he served as head athletic trainer for one year. Prior to that, he was an athletic trainer and rehabilitation specialist with El Dorado Physical Therapy in El Dorado Hills, CA for a year. He also served as head athletic trainer at Stanford from 1997-2001, head athletic trainer at UCLA from 1990-97 and head athletic trainer at Pepperdine from 1988-90.
In addition, Rudd has had management positions on athletic training staffs at Purdue ('85-'88), Cal State Northridge ('82-'85), UNLV ('78-'82) and U.S. International University ('77-'78).
He served on the NATA Appropriate Medical Coverage Task Force, and is past chair of the Pac-10 Athletic Trainer Committee ('94-'96) and past co-chair of the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Health Care Conference ('99).
The Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Center is a coed facility staffed by Certified Athletic Trainers, including Steve Agee, Lorita Granger, Tandice Hawkey, Kristin Lage, April McKinney, Laef Morris, James Smuda, Tony Spino, Tina Tubbs, Director of Rehabilitation Jeremy Vail and head football trainer Anthony Venute. They are assisted by 30 student athletic trainers.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's (Magna Cum Laude) from Cal State Northridge, 1976; Master's of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Arizona, 1977; At UCLA: Seventh year (named head trainer in May of 2003; previously UCLA's head trainer for seven years - June 1990-Spring 1997); Born: February 4, 1953 in Tucson, AZ; Family: Wife, Stacie; Daughter, Caitlin.