Knoxville Panther varsity assistant football coach Chris Hudson will be honored during the Class 3A State Football Championship game in the UNI-Dome.
Hudson was nominated and then selected as one of two Class 3A assistant football coaches to be named Assistant Coach of the Yer in 3A.
Panther varsity coach Eric Kellar stated, “He has the passion and energy that won’t quit, and he loves the kids. He is always more than prepared and willing to do anything I ask of him.”
Kellar added, “We are lucky to have “Hud” coaching our kids in Knoxville!”
Also selected as a 3A Assistant Football Coach of the Year in 3A this season was Steve Schable of Carroll.
Hudson was the Panther varsity head coach in 2007, 2008 and again in 2009. He was one of only 17 Panther head football coaches dating back through the years the team has played at Ken Locke Stadium.
Hudson followed in the coaching footsteps of Lonnie Powers, who stepped down after the 2006 campaign. Powers was placed in the Iowa High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this year.
“I’ve been around KHS football for 23 out of 24 years. I took a year off in 2010 and coached MS cross country. Came back in 2011. I’ve served as an assistant for Bob Christy, Lonnie Powers, Troy Rider, and Eric Kellar. During my time as a head or assistant coach I’ve called the offense and defense, been in charge of special teams, and coached every position.”
He added, “I’ve had the privilege of working with some fantastic coaches. Men who have been willing to teach and who all recognized the need to continue to learn. Knoxville kids are wonderful, hardworking kids and I appreciate every kid I have worked with during my time here.”
Hudson feels grateful to be receiving the special award.
“It is very nice to be recognized. We do not get into the coaching profession to earn awards, but when you are recognized for your efforts and sacrifices it certainly means a lot. Coaching can take a lot out of you. Sometimes we do not even realize how it impacts those around us. This award puts things into perspective just how important family is to a coach. Thank you to my wife Mandy and my kids Mike and Hayden for allowing me to do this job.”
The first game in the stadium was in 1939 when the Panthers knocked off Pella 8-0.
Hudson is a Social Studies teacher at the Knoxville Middle School.