Photo Courtesy of Tommy Moss
Photo Courtesy of Tommy Moss

Hudson named head women's basketball coach

BREVARD, N.C. – Vice President for Strategic Planning and Athletic Director, Juan Mascaro, announced Thursday morning that current interim women’s basketball coach, Donald Hudson has been tapped as the new head women’s coach, following his promotion from interim. Hudson has been serving as the interim head coach since the beginning of the 2016-17 season, following the departure of former coach Shannon Reid back in August.

"I am so proud of the way Donald has inspired this team to achieve great things this season despite the adversity they've faced,” said Mascaro. “We conducted a thorough search for the next leader of this program and found that we had the perfect coach on our staff already. Donald has given so much to Brevard from his playing days until now and I have the utmost confidence in him to lead the women's basketball program into a new era of success"

Following the departure of five seniors from last season squad, coach Hudson’s group of young Tornados have not skipped a beat, winning six games this season, including conference wins over Tusculum College on Nov. 22, and Queens University this past weekend. Brevard finished a perfect 4-0 in nonconference bouts. Currently, the Tornados are three wins shy of tying the NCAA institution record of nine set back during the 2009-10 season.

“First and foremost I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, my family, Juan Mascaro and David Joyce for having the faith in me to do the job the right way,” said Hudson. “It is truly an honor and privilege that I do not take lightly. I will continue to put my best foot forward and represent Brevard College the way it should be.”

Under Hudson’s direction, currently, the women’s program has three members averaging double-digit points per game with seniors Lynsey Crisp (Robbinsville, N.C.) and Madison Lenox (Raleigh, N.C.), along with sophomore AnnaLee Bollinger (Hickory, N.C.).

Hudson has been a large reason why Lenox, the Tornados all-time leading scorer, is having one of the best seasons in school history. Lenox currently leads the conference with a staggering 21.1 points per game average, while her 9.6 rebounds per game, 1.9 blocks, 2.8 steals, 3.3 assists and 35.1 minutes per game are all top-10 conference marks. While Crisp and Bollinger are ranked top-10 in the league in three-point percentage and three-pointers averaged per game.

Despite several injuries devastating the Tornados roster, Hudson has kept his team focus on the overall price, playing in March. For over two weeks, the team was forced to play with five players, however, Brevard played some of their best basketball of the season, including battling the No. 5 team in the nation, Lincoln Memorial, to 86-74 loss, where the Tornados were within eight points in the final six minutes of play.

With the promotion, Hudson will be in charge of leading the Tornados transition to Division III play, beginning in the fall of 2017.

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