John Jud has been an assistant football coach since the 2006 inaugural season. Coach Jud serves as the Defensive Coordinator for the Tigers. In 2009, John was voted IFCA Region 8 Assistant Coach of the Year and was an Assistant Coach on the South squad in the 2010 Indiana North-South All-Star Classic. Following the 2010 5A State Championship season, Jud was named Indiana Defensive Assistant Coach of the Year by the Indiana Football Digest. Prior to Fishers High School, Coach Jud spent time coaching at Bloomington South, Penn, West Noble, and Lafayette Harrison High School. Coach Jud teaches in the math department of Fishers.
Coach Questionnaire – John Jud
Why do you choose to coach?
Several reasons. #1, I get to be a part of kids becoming better people, students and athletes. I love when kids come back and we get to see how they’ve applied the work ethic, teamwork, etc. that they learned in football.
I love the competition and I love the game!
Who inspired you to become a coach or who has been a mentor for you?
I had outstanding coaches in high school. Great mentors
Where did you grow up and what sports did you play?
Up by the Indiana/Michigan state line. I played football for Penn High School.
What trait do you feel is the most important for an athlete to possess?
I would rank work ethic and coachability as 1 and 1A
What is your most memorable moment of being a Tiger?
Lots of them, beating HSE the 1st time, beating them 28-0 in the sectional finals, obviously the state championship in 2010.
But above all was walking off the field after beating Carmel in 2010. We had done what no one expected us to do (especially within 5 years of starting the program). Its hard to imagine, but it was one of those things that after that game I knew we were going to win the state championship. Hind site is 20/20, and its easy to say now I know, but that was how I felt after that game. Fortunately, we were able to win 4 more and actually do it!
What do you feel students gain from participation in high school athletics?
They will be better people, better students and better athletes!
Learning how to be a servant leader and truly care more about a “team” than yourself is the hardest thing for any young person to learn. Sports teaches them how to do that better than anything else I know.