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New CCHS head football coach setting goals, looking forward to move to Whitley County

(Photo provided) Randy Hudgins, below, has been named as the new head football coach for Columbia City High School. Hudgins is looking forward to moving to Whitley County.


By Jennifer Zartman Romano


While we’re still months away from crisp autumn nights on cold aluminum bleachers around Max Gandy Athletic Field, a football coach has been selected to lead the Columbia City High School eagles next fall.

CCHS Athletic Director Geoff Penrod informed the Whitley County Consolidated School board Thursday evening that 28-year-old Randy Hudgins has been selected as the school’s new head football coach.

Hudgins, a social studies teacher, has lead what Penrod described as a successful program at Pike High School near Indianapolis – taking that team to the state finals several years ago.

“We’re excited about him,” Penrod told the board.

“I first heard of Columbia City from three friends of mine in college who are alumni,” Hudgins told Talk of the Town today. “They gave me the impression that this was a great place to grow up and live in. This was confirmed when I first visited in 2005 when I interviewed for a teaching position.”

Hudgins said Columbia City’s pride and commitment to excellence shone through the people who conducted his interview at that time. He was excited when the head football coaching position became available this time around. He and his fiancé were impressed with the level of hospitality they felt here and are looking forward to becoming involved in the community.

“I was impressed that my first interview was a teaching interview. Most other interviews for a Head Football Position are just about football,” Hudgins said.

Hudgins is already preparing his goals for the CCHS football program and is eager to meet players and their families.

“Our most important goal will be to build a program that the Columbia City community will be proud of,” Hudgins said. “We want to represent the people of this community in a positive way every Friday Night.”

“This means our players will be good students, citizens and men of character,” added Hudgins. “Our focus will be doing things the right way, in all aspects of the program and in our lives. Once that is achieved, our program will be successful, and it will show on Friday Nights.”

Hudgins said he has already visited Columbia City twice in search of housing. Penrod said he is expected to return to the area on May 8 to meet with young men who hope to play football for CCHS in the fall.


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