Francisco "Paco" Ruiz, Class of 1973

Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field


First Belen athlete to place in the Top 5 in state competition.
Cross-Country - Founding Member
Three-year Varsity Letterman (1970-1972)
Team Co-Captain (1972)
Basketball - Varsity Letterman and Team Co-Captain (1973)
Named Best Defensive Player
Track and Field - Three-year Varsity Letterman (1971-1973)
Team Captain (1972 and 1973)
Ran in every event in Track including the Long Jump and High Jump.
Longtime School Record Holder (880 yard)
Gulfstream Athletic Conference Record Holder in the 880 yard and Mile Run.
Most Valuable Player in 1973
Belen's Student of the Year (1973)
President of the Senior Class (1973)
Professional and Personal:
Attended Florida International University where he earned a  BA in Business in 1976.
Works as a Pharmaceutical Account Manager for Procter and Gamble (1981 to present)
Teacher, Disciplinarian and Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Belen from 1976 to 1981.
Member of:
Belen Alumni Association Board of Directors
Lives with his wife Barbara and has three children, Frankie, Barbie, and Nicholas.