James Rudd has been involved in the athletic training profession since 1973 when he was an assistant athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles Football club. He has since been a part of many different state, district and national offices.
Jim has been very instrumental to the athletic training profession within the state of North Dakota. He served two terms on the North Dakota Board of Licensure, was a state and district officer, and served as a national committee chair. During his tenure, the Licensure Board began pursuing the development of formal rules and regulations for the athletic training profession. He has promoted the athletic training profession in many ways; to medical students and residents in his role as a Sports Medicine Preceptor at the University of North Dakota, to athletic training students within the curriculum program at UND, and during lectures at area high schools and other organizations. Jim assisted the North Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association by chairing the 2000 state symposium, served on a Physical Therapy/Athletic Training task force, and as a speaker at state meetings. However, Jim’s greatest gift to the profession of athletic training is the number of students he was instrumental in developing at the University of North Dakota. Jim served as Head Athletic Trainer and Program Director at UND from 1989 until 2004. He then went part time and became involved in the education program teaching classes and as a academic advisor.
Recognized for his many contributions, Jim was presented the “Outstanding Young Men in America Award” in 1984 and the NATA Athletic Training Service award in 2003. He is married to Elaine and they have a daughter, Jennifer Renkley of Wellington, Colorado.