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Wed. January 11, 2012 | Matt Baker | Email

Fenton steps down as Hudson football coach (4:30 update)

The North Suncoast has a second football coach opening.

Justin Fenton resigned at Hudson during Christmas break to spend more time with his family after his wife gave birth to their second son in November.

“With the amount of time you’ve got to put in, especially with the state of our program, I didn’t feel I was going to be able to put in as much time as I should,” Fenton said. “If you can’t do it the right way, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all. It stinks.”

Fenton’s Cobras finished winless in each of his two seasons. He was promoted from defensive coordinator in 2010 after his defense allowed only 121 points and helped Hudson to an 8-2 record.

But injuries and transfers wrecked Hudson’s roster this season. The lack of depth forced Fenton to strap on a helmet and play linebacker during practice.

“I love coaching,” Fenton said. “It’s my livelihood. It seems like there’s a set of extenuating circumstances, you know what I mean?”

It's unclear when Hudson will hire a new coach. Athletic director Keith Newton said the school can't post the coaching position yet because it doesn't have a teaching job available. The Cobras hope to fill the job well before spring practice begins.

"It's hard to post a job when you don't have a teaching position open," Newton said.

Fenton will remain as an art teacher at Hudson. He said he enjoyed his time building relationships with players, even if it didn’t result in victories.

“I know more about coaching now than when I began,” Fenton said. “It’s been rough, but it’s also been very enjoyable. I got a chance to build great relationships with the kids here. … I take that as the blessing that it is and move on.”

Hudson has posted Fenton's boys weightlifting position and is looking for a new boys tennis coach. Newton also said Wednesday that the Cobras have hired Denise Watson as their new boys track coach. Watson helped coach girls track last season.

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