Oberlin picks Jason Hudson to lead the track program for the 2017 season.
Jason Hudson, a Houston Texas native and 1993 graduate of the college of Wooster joins the Phoenix as the head track and field coach this year. Last year Hudson was an assistant coach and helped mentor Jillian Doane (16) to a school record, conference championship, academic all Ohio and a 7th place finish at the state meet in the 300 hurdles.
For 13 year Hudson was part as the Oberlin College track and Field and Cross country team as an associate head coach and a head coach. In his time at Oberlin he has mentored 407 individuals to all conference honors, and has coach 65 conference champions and his athletes have broken over 100 school records. Prior to Oberlin Hudson was the head women’s cross country coach and assistant track coach at Case Western Reserve University for three years. During his time at Case, his teams finished second and third at the NCAC Championships and won the only individual NCAC conference championship in school history. Hudson mentored 26 all-conference performers while with the Spartans, and his athletes broke 14 school records. He has coach conference champions in every sprint event, in every middle distance and distance event (800,1500,300,5000) and in cross country. He has also coach conference champions in the heptathlon and 400H.
Jason has been a part of the Oberlin College Department of Athletics and Physical Education since 2002 and currently works as the director of wellness and oversees the physical education curriculum.
He resides in Oberlin with his wife Virginia who is a Veterinarian in Lorain and their two children Evan (5th grade) and Olivia (3rd grade).
By | The Chronicle-Telegram
SHEFFIELD LAKE — With his team struggling to find its groove against Brookside on Tuesday night, Oberlin’s Justin Smith rose to the occasion.
One of only two non-seniors on the Phoenix squad, Smith came through like a veteran down the stretch, giving Oberlin the spark it needed against a feisty Brookside team. Despite a gallant effort the Cardinals ran out of gas in the fourth quarter as Oberlin pulled away for a 64-47 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover victory.
Smith scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and had a resounding block in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix built a double-digit lead for the first time.
“We have a lot to prove and I just tried to do what I could to help my team get the victory,” Smith said. “My first half didn’t go so well, but I was able to get into a rhythm in the second half.”
Despite Oberlin (12-4, 8-2) sporting a much better record than Brookside (3-13, 2-8), the Cardinals were in control for a large part of the game. They led for all but 45 seconds in the first half and were up 27-24 at halftime.
The third quarter was back-and-forth as Oberlin took the lead, but Brookside stayed within a possession the entire period.
“I thought Brookside came out very aggressive tonight,” Oberlin coach Kurt Russell said. “I thought they played well and we sometimes look at records too much and thought we could just walk in and win.”
With Oberlin clinging to a 41-38 lead to begin the final quarter, Smith took over.
The junior scored the first seven points of the quarter in a two-minute span, quickly giving the Phoenix its first double-digit lead of the game, 48-38.
Smith’s 3-pointer forced a Brookside timeout.
Norman Elias knocked down a 3-pointer out of the timeout to trim Brookside’s deficit to 48-41 but that was as close as the Cards got.
Fellow junior Devon Yarber, who had a game-high 21 points, scored on a layup and 3-pointer and Zion Hicks hit a 3-pointer off the glass as Oberlin opened up a 56-41 lead.
Smith knocked down two free throws and came up with a big block in the final seconds to put the exclamation point on his big quarter.
“I tried to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor, which I know helps my team,” he said.
Brookside stunned Oberlin by racing out to an 11-6 lead fueled by eight first-quarter points from Elias.
The Cardinals led 11-8 after the first quarter.
Yarber gave Oberlin a spark in the second quarter with seven points but Brookside responded every time. The Cardinals led by as many as seven, 23-16, in the first half.
“We play well in spurts and did a pretty good job in the first half, but good teams find a way to win,” Brookside coach Phil Argento said. “We let them get into the up-and-down game and they’re better at that.”
Smith finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Donald Johnson also scored in double figures with 11. Johnson is a point away from reaching 1,000 for his Oberlin career.
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Oberlin 64, Brookside 47
OBERLIN (64): David Payne 1-0-2, Justin Smith 7-3-18, Caleb Hugley 1-2-4, Zion Hicks 3-0-8, Devan Yarber 7-6-21, Donald Johnson 5-1-11. Totals 24-12-64.
BROOKSIDE (47): Owen Rozanc 1-0-2, David Chambers 1-1-3, Norman Elias 4-5-16, Jacob Papa 6-0-13, Devin Houdeshell 1-1-3, Tyler Alam 2-0-5, Travis Fortney 1-3-5. Totals 16-10-47.
Oberlin 8 16 17 23 — 64
Brookside 11 17 10 9 — 47
Three-point goals: Oberlin 4-16 (Smith, Hicks 2, Yarber), Brookside 5-12 (Alam, Papa, Elias 3); Field goals: Oberlin 24-59 (40 percent), Brookside 16-42 (38 percent); Free throws: Oberlin 12-20 (60 percent), Brookside 10-15 (67 percent); Rebounds: Oberlin 33 (Johnson 10), Brookside 22 (Rivera 5); Turnovers: Oberlin 16, Brookside 25; Total fouls: Oberlin 12, Brookside 15.
Junior varsity: Brookside, 37-26.