Two area football coaches resign
June 13, 2011 at 1:13 a.m.
Updated June 14, 2011 at 1:14 a.m.
Kerry Huddleston at Yorktown
2008 5-5 1A, Div. I bi-district
2009 9-3 1A, Div. I regional
2010 7-5 1A, Div. I area
Kent Hawthorne at Weimar
2009 8-3 2A, Div. II bi-district
Yorktown and Weimar will have new athletic directors and head football coaches when two-a-day practices begin in August.
Yorktown's Kerry Huddleston and Weimar's Kent Hawthorne have submitted their resignations.
Huddleston will become the defensive coordinator and establish a powerlifting program at Miles, a Class 1A school in West Texas. Hawthorne will coach the defensive line, powerlifting, and track and field at Refugio.
The Weimar school district board of trustees on Monday night promoted assistant Zach Hudson to replace Hawthorne.
Huddleston has been at Yorktown for three seasons and compiled an overall record of 21-13 that included three playoff appearances. The Wildcats went 7-5 last season and advanced to the Class 1A, Division I area playoffs.
"This wasn't a decision I came by lightly," Huddleston said. "We're just now collecting the big payday that came as a result of our efforts."
Huddleston has previously been a head coach for two seasons at Runge, and has an overall head coaching record of 31-23.
Huddleston said the primary reason for making the move is his family.
"We're moving back closer to where we're from," Huddleston said.
Deborah Kneese, superintendent of the Yorktown school district, said the district is interviewing assistants currently on the staff.
She said Huddleston's replacement could be named later this week.
Hawthorne coached for three seasons at Weimar. He had an overall record of 19-12 that included one playoff appearance. The Wildcats went 6-4 last season.
"I felt like it was the right time," Hawthorne said. "I've always heard about Refugio and I'd love to be a part of it and learn from the people there and enjoy it."
Hawthorne and Refugio athletic director Jason Herring know each other from coaching in West Texas.
"Anytime you can get a guy with head coaching experience, it's a plus," Herring said.
Hawthorne's wife, Chris, will teach math at Refugio. His son Lynx, who has committed to Baylor, will be a senior and his daughter Lexi will be a junior.
Lynx Hawthorne started at quarterback for Weimar last season and passed for 1,270 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,213 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also punted 20 times for a 40-yard average.
Lynx Hawthorne is planning to graduate at midterm, enroll at Baylor and go through spring football drills.
"I felt like it was a great fit for Lynx," Kent Hawthorne said. "I will not have to deal with the pressures of being an athletic director and head football coach and that will give me more time to follow his career."
Hawthorne was a head coach for five seasons at Cumby and has an overall head coaching record 43-39.
Hudson was the defensive coordinator at Weimar in 2006 and 2007. He held the same position at La Grange in 2008 and 2009, before returning to Weimar.
"As late as it is, we're thrilled to have somebody on staff to take the job," said Jon Wunderlich, superintendent of the Weimar school district. "We want to have people in place who can step up and do this."