CARRBORO — Jason Tudryn has taken “a dive into the deep end of the pool” by resigning as football head coach at Carrboro High School and taking a position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Director of High School Relations for the Tar Heels.
“He has been one of the most dedicated coaches on our staff,” Carrboro Athletics Director April Ross said. “When you have someone as dedicated and passionate about football as Jason, you’re going to be successful.”
Tudryn was the head football coach at Carrboro from its inaugural season through last fall. From a winless start in 2007, he built a solid program that in 2012 went 15-1 and competed for the N.C. High School Athletics Association’s 2A championship.
“This feels like 2007 all over again,” said Tudryn, sitting in his new office Tuesday at Kenan Stadium.
Tudryn, 41, said he opted to resign in mid-semester at Carrboro because he needed to get started as soon as possible at UNC.
“It was a long process, but this needed to happen now,” Tudryn said. “The summer camp season is coming up soon, and I need to help the staff here get ready for that. Besides, I didn’t want to be sitting around. I wanted to get in here and get up to my elbows in work.”
Tudryn will help UNC head coach Larry Fedora fill the void left by the departure of longtime assistant coach Ken Browning, one of the most respected high school coaches in North Carolina before he moved up to the college ranks in Chapel Hill. Though he never had the job title as director of high school relations in his 18 years at UNC, Browning was widely regarded as the Tar Heels’ top ambassador to the state’s high schools.
“This is a new position – uncharted waters. I’ve taken a dive into the deep end of the pool,” Tudryn said. “The situation is a little bit like Carrboro in that you can come here and make your own footprint.”
Tudryn said he wanted to communicate something similar to high school coaches and players.
“It’s all about building relationships and getting high school coaches and their players to see what I see in this program,” Tudryn said. “I first got to know Coach Fedora when he arrived on campus, and I found out right away how down to earth he is. He and the staff work hard here to make sure this is a place where you can come and build memories.”
A native of Massachusetts, Tudryn was a four-year letter winner at UMass (1992-95), where he played safety for the Minutemen. He coached at NCAA Division II Curry College in Milton, Mass., and Division III American International in Springfield, Mass., before heading to Naples, Fla., where he coached football and served as an exceptional education teacher at Gulf Coast High School.
Tudryn finished with an overall record of 43-44 at Carrboro.
He was hired at Carrboro in spring 2007 and fielded a team without juniors or seniors that fall, starting off 0-10. In 2009, with Carrboro’s first set of seniors, Tudryn guided the Jaguars to the their first playoff appearance and a 4-8 finish. His last five teams at Carrboro had a cumulative record of 42-21.
“The program took some lumps in the first two years, and within six years he built it into a state contender,” Ross said. “He’s built a solid program at Carrboro.”
Ross said she anticipates Carrboro will name a new head coach by early June.