As a nuclear medicine technologist at the Air Force Academy, Trevor Hudson spends much of his time providing detailed imagery of internal organs to assist in diagnosis.
As the new football coach at Falcon, he’s ready to turn that same sense of detail to his program in an effort to not only continue a solid run led by former coach Jason Catron, but make football as important to the Falcons as it is in his native south.
“This is no shock to Colorado, but there is a difference,” Hudson said. “Football in Miami, Florida is life. If you're a young male and you consider yourself anyone, you play football. That's what I'm trying to build at Falcon.
“I want to make sure Falcon is the place to be on Friday night.”
To do this, he knows it will take community support and, most of all, victories – both of which should be readily available after Catron posted a 37-10 mark over the past four years.
To build on the success, Hudson hopes to instill a sense of fun for his players, encourage participation in multiple sports (it’s no accident that new wrestling coach Claude Robinson is one of his assistants) and draw upon his diversified background.
In addition to his 10 years in the military (Hudson enlisted in the Air Force out of high school), Hudson has played semipro football for the Colorado Springs Flames and in California and Texas and was an assistant at Coronado and Discovery Canyon for six years.
“I’ve been in town long enough to know who are the pretenders and who are the contenders,” Hudson said.
The new coach believes Falcon is still a contender despite graduating a class that is sending eight to play in college programs. Among those lost are the last year’s leading passer (Joey Caron), rusher (Jade Gale), receiver (Joe Vela) and four of five starters on the offensive line.
Among those back are Keenan Britton, who has recovered from an ACL injury that cut short a sophomore season that saw the running back average 145 yards through the first four games. Kalen Ballage, who is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, should be a force after running an 11.19-second 100-meter dash in qualifying for 4A state track as a freshman.
“There's probably more talent than most people recognize,” said Hudson, who along with wife, Wynter, has three sons – age 7 and 4-year-old twins.
Hudon’s job is specialized enough that he doesn’t anticipate much movement and hopes to be at Falcon when his boys are old enough to play.
Hudson’s staff includes secondary coach Aaron Kirchoff, a three-year starter at Air Force, and offensive coordinator Jeremy Calib, an Oklahoma native who is familiar with offenses that can run up points.
So what kind of system will they be running?
“Whoa, whoa, we can’t give everything away,” Hudson said.
Sounds like a change is indeed coming.