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"The Classroom is about the virtues and character that truly make a person great!"     
                                                  - Chip Gaines

"The Classroom is about responsibility and accountability.  It is a blueprint of 'how to' when it comes to making a lasting difference."
                                        -Mack Brown



Get All The Stories, Handouts, and Evluations You Need to Implement The Classroom Character Program With Your Athletes


The Story Behind the Story

In the 1980's something magical started to happen at Judson High School in Converse Texas. State Championship Appearances became a regular occurrence for nearly two decades. Under Athletic Director Frank Arnold and Head Coach D.W. Rutledge,  the Rockets were in 7 State Championship Games and 3 Semi-Final Games over the course of 10 straight years. They won 4 of those State Championships. Coach Rutledge's son Clint was a quarterback on two of those teams.


As a result of their success, Coaches came from all over the nation to try and learn their Secret.


What the coaches discovered though, was not what they expected. The secret was not in what offense or defense the Rockets were running.  It was not in how they ran sprints or lifted weights. The secret existed in a room above the gym known as "The Classroom." 


It was in the classroom where Frank Arnold, Dennis Parker, D.W. Rutledge, and the rest of the Judson coaching staff taught the importance of Attitude and Character, and it was where Leaders were born!  Leadership became a way of life at Judson and the torch was passed year after year from one class to the next.  


The lives that were changed as a result of the program at Judson became living proof that the Coaching profession and sports in general are one of the most powerful teaching tools we have in our society.  Those lessons are needed now more than ever.  In 2016, Clint Rutledge joined his Father D.W. Rutledge, and they formed Rutledge Development.

Through speaking engagements, consulting services, and product development, Rutledge Development equips coaches to connect the dots between Success in Sports and Success in Life.


We invite you to come and see the secret for yourselves!  

Downloads Mentioned in the Book

Self-Evaluation Form
Goal Setting Worksheet
Leadership Tournament

What Others Are Saying About The Classroom

"Clint's Rutledge's book, "The Classroom" doesn’t fit into a category, it creates one! Rare is the author who effectively communicates both substance and sizzle. He's done some heavy lifting on the leadership front without compromising the need to entertain the reader. He masterfully introduces us to the so called "soft" leadership skills that produce smarter more resilient people. Touchdown!"

Spencer Tillman
Author of “Scoring in the Red Zone”
All-American Running Back at Oklahoma
Former NFL Running Back
College Football Analyst for Fox Sports



"This book is about faith, responsibility and accountability.  It is a blueprint of 'how to' when it comes to making a lasting difference."

Mack Brown
Author of “One Heartbeat: A Philosophy of Teamwork, Life and Leadership”
Head Coach at the University of North Carolina
Former National Champion Head Coach at The University of Texas
College Football Analyst for ESPN




"As a product of the actual Classroom under Coach D.W. Rutledge, I can tell you first hand that this book will have a positive impact on your life. Clint has captured the essence of what it was like to be in that room learning from Coach Rutledge. You will be challenged to your core and you will be better for reading it!"

Derwin Gray
Pastor of Transformation Church

Author of “Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart”

Author of "Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future"

Author of "Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study"

Author of "The High Definition Leader"
Former NFL Player
Former Judson Rocket





"Sports are the best life Classroom and coaches play the role of teaching those invaluable lessons of life. I highly recommend this book to any Coach, Father, or Young Man who wants to learn those things that are most important in life."

Chad Hennings
3 Time Super Bowl Champion

Air Force A-10 Pilot

Author of "Forces of Character"


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