Rumors have been running rampant for weeks about the potential return of legendary high school football coach Dudley Hilton to Log Mountain. Reports by WKYT on Wednesday insists that the rumor may become a reality.
According to the report, Hilton stepped down as the head coach at Taylor County — a program he took over in 2014 after a stint at the University of Pikeville. The report also claims Hilton stepped down to make his return to Bell County.
Current Bobcat coach Amos McCreary said the move is something the district has been working on for a while now.
“That’s the thing that’s been trying to get done for a long time. I don’t know anything for sure. I’ve talked to coach Hilton several times, and I think this is going to happen,” said McCreary — who led the Bobcats to a 4-8 record and a second round playoff appearance in 2016. “I hope it happens, and I think it’s by far the best thing they could ever do in my opinion.”
McCreary said he would step down in his role as head coach if the move becomes official.
“I would step down in a heartbeat if coach Hilton comes back with no problem,” said McCreary. “When I took this job, it wasn’t like I was looking for a head football job. I was retired and hoping that we could heal things.”
Reflecting back on what may have been his only season as the head coach for the Bobcats, McCreary said he hated the season went the way it did with numerous injuries playing a factor in the outcome.
“A lot of things snowballed. It was a tough situation going in, and I think everybody knew that,” said McCreary. “I thought we could have won about six games had we not had the injury bug. I’ve been in this 37 years and I’ve never seen this many key kids go down in a season. I think that hurt some, but everything was new to everybody and it just kind of snowballed.”
“It just kind of ended up being rough, but we did win one playoff game. Of all the bad things, that was one of the bright spots.”
McCreary said nothing was official at the time of the interview, but “I think it’s something that we are all hoping for, me included.”
“I think — the people at the top — if they can make this happen, it would definitely be the very best thing that can happen for Bell County football.”
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