Prep notebook: Zach Hudson to coach Nolensville baseball

Prep notebook: Zach Hudson to coach Nolensville baseball

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Prep notebook: Zach Hudson to coach Nolensville baseball

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Brentwood Academy's Prince Momodu was just one of several Midstate footballers to commit over the weekend. He plans to play at Austin Peay.

Brentwood Academy’s Prince Momodu was just one of several Midstate footballers to commit over the weekend. He plans to play at Austin Peay.

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When Nolensville High School opens in August, it will have a baseball coach accustomed to starting from scratch.

Nolensville hired Summit assistant Zach Hudson as its head coach Monday.

Hudson spent the past five seasons with the Spartans under coach Chad Kirby, who he joined at Summit when that school opened in 2011.

“Learning from coach Kirby here at Summit has been really big for me,” Hudson said. “I got to experience it from an assistant’s point of view and I think that’s going to be valuable for me in terms of knowing what needs to be done and what’s in front of us.”

Nolensville was recently approved to join the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association for the 2016-17 school year. The school is expected to have 550 students in grades nine and 10.

A Nashville native, Hudson made a habit of winning as a player.

He graduated from Overton in 2006 and was a part of the 2005 Bobcat team that finished 40-5, including 35 straight wins and a runner-up finish in the state championship.

Hudson then moved on to play for MTSU from 2007-10 and was a part of the 2009 team that set a school record with 44 wins and won the Sun Belt Conference championship.

Hudson said he hopes to turn the program into one to watch.

“As they grow and get more experience, hopefully it will grow into something special,” he said. “I’m very excited and ready to get started.”

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Commitment craze: With national signing day coming Wednesday, Twitter was flush with commitments over the weekend and Monday.

Father Ryan athlete Bryce Vickers announced via Twitter on Monday he would continue his football career at Georgia Tech as a preferred walk-on.

Prince Momodu and Isaac Way, state champions with Brentwood Academy, committed over the weekend with Momodu choosing Austin Peay and Way choosing Ole Miss.

Ensworth center and fullback Blake Mitchell had scholarship offers from Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay and Georgetown College, but he chose preferred walk-on status at Mississippi State.

East Nashville safety and quarterback DeVarius Cortner must have liked what he saw on his official visit to Western Carolina last week, committing via Twitter before lunch Monday. Cortner first committed to Navy, but later decommitted. He was entertaining offers from Army, UTC, Mercer and Murray State.

Fellow Midstate standout Jay King chose Coastal Carolina. The Hillsboro wide receiver picked the Chanticleers over offers from Georgia State and UT-Martin.

Cane Ridge cornerback and wide receiver Austin Jackson committed to Eastern Kentucky, while teammate Brysen Terrell chose Cumberland University.

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Stepping up: Two former assistant coaches are taking over Midstate football programs.

Riverdale assistant Jason Dobbs is the new head coach at Moore County, athletic director Wendy Hart confirmed. Dobbs replaces Jeremy Austin, who was relieved of his duties after going 6-5 last season.

Dobbs spent 13 years as an assistant at Trousdale County before taking over as Riverdale’s offensive line coach in 2010.

Forrest didn’t have to look far to find its new coach after Matt Kriesky left last week to take over the Centennial program. Athletic director Scott Delk confirmed that Brent Johns, the Rockets’ offensive coordinator the last three seasons, will take the reigns.

Reach Sam Brown at 615-259-8232 and on Twitter @SamBrownTN.

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