A Houston native, DW Rutledge, played high school football at Sam Houston High School in Houston, Texas and continued his career at as linebacker at Texas Lutheran University.
While playing at TLU, Rutledge captained the 1974 NAIA National Championship team and was a Kodak All-American. Rutledge is one of the most successful coaches associated with Texas high school football history, winning four state championships at Judson High School in Converse, TX. The school eventually renamed its’ football stadium in Rutledge’s honor of his success. Rutledge is a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.
Rutledge co-authored the book Coaching to Change Lives, and is currently the Executive Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association.