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Mon. March 26, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Ex-Gaither coach not offered Hudson job, will apply

Hudson has not named a new football coach, despite Internet reports claming former Gaither coach Mark Kantor had been offered the position, Cobras athletic director Keith Newton said Monday.

“That’s not true,” Newton said of rumors that Hudson hired Kantor, a former Cobras assistant.

Kantor confirmed to the Times that he had not been offered the position.

Hudson will post its job opening this week for the third time since head coach Justin Fenton resigned during Christmas break to spend more time with his family, Newton said.

Kantor, a Wharton assistant, was not among the applicants during the job advertisement’s two windows. He said he applied Monday and could talk with Hudson officials as soon as Tuesday.

The initial applicants for Hudson’s job were:

Phil Hayford (former Shorecrest Prep head coach). Hayford said Monday he was offered the Hudson job early last week but turned it down because the school was not close enough to his family in St. Petersburg.

Rick Kravitz (former USF assistant)

Jay Fulmer (former Gulf head coach)

Bill Berry

Mark Nash (former Hudson, Nature Coast head coach)

Josh Ballinger

Alvaro Muente

Pat Stewart (former college assistant)

Casey Moore

Hudson finished winless in Fenton’s two years as head coach.

Ridgewood remains the other open football coaching vacancy in Pasco County after Kent Reed resigned in January for personal reasons. The Rams finished 1-9 last fall.

Athletic director Tom Wellington said Friday that the school has narrowed its search to a few finalists but that no decision has been made.

Both schools would like to fill the positions before the schools go on spring break next week.

Times staff writer John C. Cotey contributed to this report.

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