High school football: Antioch promotes assistant to head coach

Antioch didn’t need to look far to find its new head coach.

Offensive coordinator Brett Dudley announced on Twitter last night that he was named the new head coach for the Panthers.

He takes over from John Lucido, who had been at the helm since 2010. According to Dudley, Lucido stepped down to spend more time with his family but will remain with the program to assist Dudley.

Dudley has spent 12 years at Antioch, serving as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the past 10 years.

Before arriving at Antioch, he coached for four years at his alma mater Mt. Diablo.

Dudley has been with the program at its lowest when the Panthers went 1-9 in 2013 and its highest when Antioch enjoyed an undefeated 2015 regular season. The Panthers beat rival Pittsburg in the finale to win their first league crown since 1984. The following season, Antioch made it to the NCS Division I championship game.

Dudley coached the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2017 and current Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Najee Harris.

Happy to announce I’ve been named the Head Coach here at Antioch High School.

We have a great group of kids and coaches and just looking forward to helping them any way I can. #YocBoyz

— Brett Dudley (@CoachBDud) May 26, 2022

Dudley is also the school’s athletic director and is a physical education teacher. He will be the first on-campus head coach for the football program since Frank Beede in 2007.

“It’ll help being on campus and really I’m just looking to get more kids out for all sports, grow our football program and try to help our kids have better lives,” Dudley said.

Antioch will open its season on the road in Danville against Monte Vista on Friday, Aug. 26.

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