Diaz and Craig Laugher were honored for leading the St. Joseph Lady Flyers to the TAPPS state tournament three years in a row without a title before winning one this year by beating the largest school in their class.
Diaz started coaching fastpitch softball for Victoria St. Joseph HS in the spring of 2006. He was head JV coach and assistant Varsity coach. Since then, the team made 4 appearances to the TAPPS 4A State Tournament, earning 3 bronze medals and 1 silver medal. Because of enrollment (over by 3 students), St. Joseph HS moved up to TAPPS 5A, for the 2010-2011school year, making them the smallest TAPPS school in the state. This season, their record is 28-8, winning the state tournament in Waco, beating the largest TAPPS 5A HS, Houston St. Agnes, 3-2 in 8 innings.
Although, Diaz loves coaching at St. Joseph High School, he says he still bleeds maroon for the Kenedy Lions. Rudy is a 1972 graduate of Kenedy High School.