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COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the retiring of Churubuscoâ€™s Lee Etzler and Whitkoâ€™s Wayne Swender this season, at age 31 Randy Hudgins is most veteran football coach in Whitley County â€” a concept that seems almost unimaginable in a sport that formerly relied on tradition and consistency.
â€śUnfortunately it is kind of a trend now â€” there are quite a bit of coaching changes,â€ť Hudgins said.
Hudgins (25-20) is prepping for the start of his fifth season with the Eagles.
â€śItâ€™s kind of odd,â€ť Hudgins said. â€śWhen I coached my first game here I was 26 and there were two veteran coaches with Lee and Wayne.â€ť
Etzler stepped down after 11 years as â€™Buscoâ€™s head coach. He told the media when he announced his retirement that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
Swender was a five-year coach for Whitko.
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