Springfield, Mass. - March 24, 2017 - Springfield College is proud to announce that Bill Ruth '74 is one of the five individuals who will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 1st.
Ruth was a standout swimmer for the Pride, earning 12 NCAA All-America honors and setting four school records during his career. For his strong performances at the N.E.I.S.A. Championships, Ruth was awarded the Robert Muir Award in 1974, an award for most points scored by a senior in four years of competition at the New England Championships. He was also named Springfield's Senior Athlete of the Year.
After Springfield, Ruth competed as a professional triathlete from 1981-87. From 1983-87, Ruth ranked in the top 10 in the world in all distances, and finished 11th in the 1982 Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. The following year, he set a world record (4:12.00) in the Half Ironman Distance at the Lake Ontario International Triathlon.
After competition, Ruth excelled in a variety of capacities, including as a coach, mentoring state champions and All-Americans in swimming, cross country, and indoor and outdoor track & field, as well as US Olympic Trial qualifiers. He also served as the Director of Pennsylvania Special Olympics Track & Field Program and Nordic Skiing Events. For over 30 years (1974-2007), Ruth worked as a health and physical education teacher at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa. before heading to Colorado in 2008. His dedication to education was awarded, as he was named to "Who's Who of American Teachers and Educators" on three separate occasions.