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Falcon football coach Hudson reportedly announces resignation
Falcon football coach Trevor Hudson, suspended by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Oct. 24 for the final two regular-season games and a first-round playoff game after a recruiting violation, reportedly has announced his resignation.
Hudson apparently made the public comments nearly one month ago at a player/parent meeting just before the holiday break, according to Stephanie Wurtz, District 49 public information officer.
The district, however, has not received a letter of resignation from the embattled coach, one that would officially end his tenure after a 14-8 record and two 4A playoff appearances.
“He has made a statement that he is resigning,” Falcon athletic director Randy Hinson said. “I have not received a letter from him, so I can’t make any comment because it’s not official.”
Hudson returned a text message to The Gazette but did not comment on his previous public statements.
A request to verify Hudson’s employment with the district was made. As a personnel issue, Wurtz stated that D49 human resources was not at liberty to discuss any details.
“As soon as they finalize that as a personnel issue, they’d be able to provide the official status on that individual,” Wurtz said. “It’s in the hands of HR, and they’re not about to comment on that.”
Players went to Twitter when learning of Hudson’s alleged plan to step down.
“He wasn't just a coach he's like a father figure to us or at least he is for me, he was a (heck) of a coach,” tweeted senior wide receiver and defensive back Eric Robinson @falconsgr8est on Dec. 17.
Junior linebacker and running back Dylan Cutkomp @DylanCutkomp also voiced his displeasure, tweeting that same day “we arent (sic) going to find a better coach. Firing Hudson is the dumbest thing and is only going to hurt the program.”
The Gazette has not confirmed when a recruiting violation took place. One source has said it occurred on the field after Falcon's Sept. 28 victory over Sand Creek. Weeks later, Hinson released a statement announcing the suspension for what the school called an unintentional violation of recruiting rules.
Hudson had originally received a two-game suspension from CHSAA pending the approval of a “corrective action plan submitted to CHSAA by Falcon HS to bring about a collective effort to prevent a re-occurrence and request removal of restrictions,” Hinson wrote in a release.
But CHSAA was not convinced after the initial two weeks, extending Hudson’s suspension. Along with Hudson, assistant and wrestling coach Claude Robinson also was included in the original suspension and was forced to miss the season’s first wrestling meet.
That meant Hudson also was absent during Falcon’s 24-14 first-round playoff loss to eventual 4A state champion Monarch.
At the most-recent CHSAA board meeting Nov. 14, Falcon’s appeal was turned down, keeping Hudson and Robinson on restriction “until the Commissioner can have documentation that the situation has been handled.”
“They heard our side of the story, and we did everything we could do to rectify the situation,” Hinson said. “That was their decision, and we accepted that.”
Hudson, a nuclear medicine technologist at the Air Force Academy, spent 10 years in the military after enlisting in the Air Force out of high school. Hudson previously played semipro football for the Colorado Springs Flames and in California and Texas and was an assistant at Coronado and Discovery Canyon for six years.