Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter will be honored Friday by his high school alma mater, St. John Bosco, at the second annual Braves Gala in Long Beach.
A 1981 Bosco graduate, DeRuyter lettered in both football and basketball for the Braves. He was a first-team all-league selection in 1980 when the Braves won the league title. DeRuyter also won the Coaches Award for being a leader during games. Upon graduation, DeRuyter received an appointment to the Air Force Academy, where he played linebacker for the Falcons.
The Bulldogs also have a Bosco graduate on their roster: Sophomore wide receiver Justin Johnson graduated from the school in 2012 and played in 10 games last season as a true freshman as Fresno State in DeRuyter’s first season went 9-4 and won its first conference title since 1999.