Rusty’s interest in athletics began at a very early age, almost as a birthright being born and raised in Austin, Texas – home of the University of Texas. Even though she has been a resident of Washington State for more than four decades, her office is easily identifiable by the orange “Texas Longhorns” sticker prominently displayed on her computer.
After studying journalism at Texas State University, Rusty bounded off towards Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and a stint working as a feature writer for the Boulder Daily Camera. In 1971, she moved to Washington state where her diverse career paths have
In 1995, Rusty went to work at Wenatchee Valley College in the athletics department, where she remained until moving to Port Townsend in 2004, giddily thinking about semi-retirement. That particular adventure lasted only until 2006 when she once again felt the pull of the sports world and became a member of the Bellevue College athletics department.
Though not at all athletic herself, Rusty’s two daughters, Adrienne and Erin, laughingly refer to their mother as an “athletic supporter,” a joke currently over the heads of Rusty’s elementary school granddaughters, Kate and Ellise. When she is not shuffling paperwork for travel, budgetary, and eligibility issues for the Bulldogs at BC, Rusty thoroughly enjoys driving a SAG (support and gear) truck for bicycle tours during the summer, mainly in Montana. “Yep, driving a food truck through bear country - that’s my idea of relaxation!”
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