Jeff Judge ended his first season at Anderson University with a 17-point fourth-quarter rally to defeat rival Manchester College.
Last season, the Ravens rallied from 27 down entering the fourth quarter to knock off the Spartans.
In between, there was a last-second field goal to end a long losing streak against Mount St. Joseph.
But it’s not the landmark games Judge will remember most about his nine seasons as the school’s head football coach.
“The thing I’m going to remember the most is the kids,” Judge said. “I enjoyed the experience with them. We didn’t always win as much as you would like to win, but they always played to the best of their abilities. I’ll always remember that.”
Judge recently resigned to pursue other coaching positions.
He said he made the decision now to give AU time to make a new hire and allow that coach to go through spring practice with the team.
“This is the best time to make the decision,” he said. “It’s fair to everybody involved.”
AU will start a search for Judge’s replacement immediately. Interested parties are asked to contact athletic director Marcie Taylor.
“Jeff Judge has been a valuable member of the AU athletic department over the past nine years as our head football coach,” Taylor said. “He worked with great passion to recruit young men who would not only contribute to our football program but to the greater campus community. Jeff fostered relationships on our campus with faculty, admissions and academic support services that will continue to benefit AU athletics in the future. I wish him all the best.”
—From The Herald Bulletin. Photo credit: John P. Cleary. Story republished with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.