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Wed. July 20, 2011 | Andy Villamarzo

Andy Schmitz has stepped down as athletic director at Hudson after one year, principal Dr. David LaRoche said Wednesday. Schmitz will continue teaching at Hudson and will remain the football team's offensive coordinator.

Schmitz, 31, said it became too difficult to juggle teaching, administrative and coaching duties and that he needed to focus on his future.

"Honestly, my career goal is to be a head football coach," Schmitz said. "I was just having trouble kind of dividing my time between athletic director duties, being offensive coordinator and my teaching job."

Schmitz, whose father Scott is the head football coach at Mitchell, coached for eight seasons at Mitchell, including three as offensive coordinator. When Andy Schmitz became the Cobras athletic director last year, he brought aboard Justin Fenton, a longtime defensive coordinator at Mitchell, as football coach.

"He did a great job here as athletic director, and he brought a lot of new and great ideas to the program," LaRoche said. "Andy will continue to teach here in his SAP teaching role and is still the offensive coordinator for the football team and also will coach tennis. We're hoping to name someone as the new athletic director as soon as late next week, because we still have some coaching vacancies to fill amongst our athletic programs."

As a teacher, Schmitz is certified in social studies and spent last school year doing mentoring and monitoring students for graduation enhancement. He also served as tennis coach, a position he said he could continue if the new athletic director asks.

Staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.

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