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ROCKY POINT,NC (WWAY)– The Pender County board of education approved the hiring of Tony Hudson as the new Pender head football coach at the school board’s monthly meeting at Trask High School Monday night. Coincidentally, Tony Hudson is a social studies teacher at Trask. He’s also been an assistant football coach at Trask for several seasons, but now he’s heading back home so to speak. Hudson is a Pender High graduate. He’ll be taking for Tom Eanes who resigned as the Patriots head coach in January. Eanes left Pender to take over the football program at Ashley High School in New Hanover County.

On Monday night Tony Hudson told WWAY,” It’s definitely an honor and a privilege to go my home school. We had a good run at Trask. That’s home community-wise, but Pender High School is definitely my alma mater. I graduated from Pender in 1997. I then went onto play football at Wofford. That’s where I learned the option. I played against some great players and great teams.”

Under Tom Eanes Pender ran a triple option offense. Don’t be surprised if the Patriots do something similar with Tony Hudson this fall. “They’re comfortable with the option. I’m comfortable with the option. It’s something we’ll definitely have to sit down and think about with the staff to see what suits us best,” Hudson said.


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