Hudson Athletic Director Ray Ebersole announced Buddy Dice has been named baseball coach. Longtime coach Chuck Schilling retired following the 2012 season.
Dice served as Hudson’s associate head coach last season and has been with the Explorers’ baseball program for 12 years.
“I am obviously very pleased we hired Buddy as our coach,” Ebersole said. “He was a member of our staff and been a longtime assistant for us. He understands the expectations for the program within our school. I think the transition will be seamless from Chuck to Buddy, and that Buddy will add a few new touches to the program.”
Schilling concluded his 25th season as Hudson’s head coach in 2012, and his 29th season overall in the program. The Explorers finished with a 24-3 overall record and reached a Division I regional semifinal.
Dice, 38, played baseball at Duquesne. This is his first head coaching position.
“I have pretty big shoes to fill,” Dice said. “Going after a hall of fame coach and someone that is very well respected is a challenge. I am very honored to be here and feel very fortunate to have worked with Chuck for 12 years. Hopefully we can continue with the success that we have had here in the past.”
Dice said 14 lettermen will return next season for Hudson with six of them starters.
Schilling compiled a record of 461-218 at Hudson. He guided the Explorers to three regional appearances. The Explorers made a state semifinal appearance in 1997 and were regional runners-up in 2000.
“Chuck did a very good job as our baseball coach,” Ebersole said. “His vision and hard work led to the development of our baseball stadium. He is a genuine guy and a legitimate high school hall of fame baseball coach.”