It took awhile, but Valley Christian has hired Jeff Rutledge as its new football coach on Monday.
Rutledge spent 2010 and 2011 as coach of Pope John Paul II high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and resigned after the 2012 season to move back to Arizona with family after a 4-18 record in two seasons.
Prior to that, he coached with the New York Sentinels (United Football League) in 2009 and was the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback coach when it went to the Super Bowl in the 2007-2008 season.
Rutledge was an assistant at Vanderbilt in the mid-to-late 1990s before becoming the head coach at Montgomery Bell Academy prep school in Nashville. He accumulated a 41-17 record from 2002-2006, with state titles in 2002 and 2003.
He played quarterback at the University of Alabama and was ninth round draft choice in 1979. He was a backup QB and special teams contributor for three NFL teams (N.Y. Giants, Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams) during a 13-year NFL career, including three Super Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl ring with the Redskins in 1991.
Rutledge replaces Kevin Allen as Valley Christian's coach after Allen stepped down after two seasons.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.