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BASKETBALL: Hudson named new coach at Bloomfield

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars (8-13 in 2012-13) will start the improvement process during a crucial offseason.

Former BNL coach Jamie Hudson will take over at Bloomfield.

Former BNL coach returns

home to Greene County roots

By Justin Sokeland

Former Bedford North Lawrence coach Jamie Hudson, whose tenure with the program ended in controversy, has been hired as the new head coach at Bloomfield.

Hudson, who graduated from Eastern Greene, coached the Stars for 9 seasons and posted a 107-96 record, winning one Hoosier Hills Conference championship. BNL had four losing seasons during his tenure and did not win a sectional championship. The Stars went 4-9 in the postseason and played in three sectional finals.

Coming off a 14-11 campaign that was widely regarded as one of the best coaching jobs of his career, Hudson was expected to remain with the system. But during a tense April meeting which included voices in opposition, by a 4-3 decision, the North Lawrence Community Schools Board voted against renewing his contract.

He has landed on his feet and has returned to his roots.

BNL coach Jamie Hudson and the Stars will seek to end their skid at Bloomington South on Friday night.

Jamie Hudson went 107-96 in 9 seasons with the Stars. He takes over at Blooomfield, which went to the Class A title game last season.

“My family and I are very excited for the new start,” Hudson said.

Hudson left a program that has been struggling for success for one that has just been to the ultimate stage. BNL, which has won 18 sectional crowns in program history, has not won a sectional since 2001 and just graduate 8 seniors. Bloomfield went 26-4 last season and advanced to the Class A state championship, falling to Liberty Christian 64-45 in the title game.

The Cardinals lost five seniors, including leading scorers Brandon Van Sant (15.1 plus 8.1 rebounds, and the 6-7 forward signed with Illinois-Springfield), Eli Combs (11.1) and Zach Skinner (8.7). Former Bloomfield coach Matt Britton stepped down for personal reasons in June after going 74-47 in five years.

Hudson gradated from Eastern, Bloomfield’s main country rival, in 1995. The Thunderbirds went 19-3 his senior season and lost to BNL in the first game of the sectional.