PIKEVILLE, Ky. – After three seasons, University of Pikeville head football coach Dudley Hilton has resigned for personal and health matters, UPIKE President James Hurley announced on Saturday.
“On Behalf of the administration, board of trustees, faculty, staff, students and all UPIKE stakeholders, I thank Coach Hilton and his wife Jan for sharing their last three years with us,” said Hurley. “Coach Hilton has done a wonderful job building our program into a conference contender and developing our young men both on and off the field. We wish him the very best moving forward.”
Hilton leaves UPIKE after putting together a 14-18 record in three seasons, including a 7-4 campaign in 2013 that was the best for the program since 2005. Prior to taking the position at UPIKE, Hilton won 345 games in 36 seasons on the high-school level, capturing three Kentucky state titles along the way.
“I’d like to thank Coach Hilton for his contributions to the football program over the last three seasons,” said UPIKE Athletic Director Robert Staggs. “Dudley quickly became part of the UPIKE family and put the team in position to continue to succeed moving forward.”
Hilton addressed the team with his decision to retire before the start of preseason practice on Saturday. School officials plan to move quickly to fill the position.