Rafael Lopez is entering his 2nd year as the head volleyball coach at Boswell High School, where he previously served as the varsity assistant since 2013. As the varsity assistant at Boswell, Lopez help build a 143-30 record over four seasons. In his first year as head coach, Lopez lead the Lady Pioneers to 2017 to a playoff run that included; a District Championship and Area Championship.
Lopez brings 27 years of coaching experience that includes six years combined experience as the head volleyball coach at two 5A high schools; Ranchview in Irving and Bryan Adams in Dallas.
Lopez’s coaching career began in 1991 at the Borinquen Volleyball Club in Puerto Rico. From 2003-2005, he worked for the American Military Academy as the head varsity volleyball coach for both the girls and boys programs. While in Puerto Rico, he opened and ran his own volleyball club, the Escuela De Desarollo Deportivo, from 2004-2006. The following year, Lopez helped run the summer volleyball programs for the University of Kentucky and the University of Arkansas until 2012. Lopez was a multi-sport athlete throughout high school and played semi-pro volleyball for the Guaynabo team in Puerto Rico. Additionally, he participated in the beach pro circuit in Puerto Rico for two years. Lopez earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.
He is currently in the process of completing his Masters in Coaching and Sports Administration from Concordia University. Rafael and his wife, Isabel, have been married for 23 years. Together, they have three sons; Ignacio married to Kay and grand-daughter, NoraRay; Rafael; and Gabriel.
Coach Rudiger brings 30 years of coaching experience with her. Born in Belleville, Illinois and raised in Arlington, TX, she brings a holistic approach to her coaching knowing that positivity, discipline, work ethic, and resiliency are valuable lessons. "I've always believed that as an educator, I don't just teach about volleyball, I teach about life.” Coach Rudiger has coached and taught at several excellent schools, including Louisiana Tech and Texas Christian Universities and Willis, Keller Central, Kennedale and Brewer high schools.
As a player, Coach Rudiger has a legacy of excellence. She was an integral part of UT Arlington's historic 1989 volleyball squad that fought its way to the NCAA Division I Volleyball Final Four. During her four-year tenure from 1986-89, the outside hitter garnered second team All-America, first-team All-Southland Conference, NCAA all-South Regional Tournament and NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team honors. The Mavs were SLC Champions all four of her years and in 2005 she was elected into the UTA Hall of Honor.
In her spare time, Coach Rudiger enjoys spending time with her dogs, cats, chickens and sheep! She loves working in the yard and spending time with her family, including her awesome nieces and nephews.