Hudson leaves Rutherford; returns to Kentucky roots

Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 04:02 PM.

SPRINGFIELD — Jon Hudson pitched at Gulf Coast Community College during the mid-1980s.

He coached the Rutherford High School baseball team to a record of 302-147 in 16 years, including six playoff appearances in the past seven seasons.

But the allure of the bluegrass was more than the short grass for the 48-year-old veteran high school baseball mentor.

Hudson said Monday that he will return to his roots and become the head baseball coach at Fairdale High School in Louisville, Ky. Hudson is a Kentucky native who first relocated here as a player for the Gulf Coast Commodores in 1985 when recruited by former Commodores assistant and later head coach Darren Mazeroski.

Hudson guided the Rams to a district  championship and 22-5 record last season, Rutherford falling to Mosley in the Class 5A region semifinals.

“I just decided it was time for me to get back close to my family,” said Hudson, the dean of county baseball coaches.

“I appreciate everybody that was involved with Rutherford … it’s hard to put all that into words.  Sixteen  years that  went by, all the people. Clyde Mills hired me here. All the parents. The 500 players that I coached.”

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