CSM Athletics Director Earns Under Armour Athletic Director of Year for Junior, Community Colleges


— College of Southern Maryland Student Life and Athletics Lead Director Michelle Ruble was named Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for Junior and Community Colleges. She will receive the award during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) luncheon June 17 in Orlando, Florida.

Ruble was hired as CSM’s head volleyball coach in 1991. She became the college’s athletic director in 2001 and was named CSM’s director of Student Life and Athletics in 2007. As a volleyball player while at Elon University, in North Carolina, Ruble was a three-year captain and an Academic All-American. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public and business administration from Elon and a master’s degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

During Ruble’s 20 years of service as CSM’s head volleyball coach, the team had an impressive record with two Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference Championships. The team experienced success at the national level with Ruble at the helm ranking as high as 10th in the nation. Ruble finished out her tenure with a record of 386-220.

Ruble joined the NJCAA board of directors in 2002 when she was elected Region XX women’s director. She currently serves as the co-chair for finance and budget, and is also a member of championship events and sports districting division 1 committees.

She is the current Maryland JUCO Volleyball Liaison. In 2011, Ruble was named to the executive committee of the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) and in 2014 she was elected to a two-year term as second vice president for women of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Locally, she has served on the board of the Zonta Club of Charles County. She graduated with the 2014 class of Leadership Southern Maryland. “From the time Michelle joined CSM as head volleyball coach in 1991, to her current role as director of Student Life and Athletics, her dedication and enthusiasm for excellence has inspired our student-athletes as well as our coaching staff,” said CSM Vice President of Student and Instructional Support Dr. Bill Comey.