Mr. Tony Dudik – HEAD FOOTBALL COACH (1987-2009)
Mr. Tony Dudik is the winningest Head Football Coach in Central history. Coach Dudik served CHS as a football coach for 33 years, 23 years as the Head Coach from 1987-2009. In those 23 seasons, Dudik won 12 out of 17 City Jamboree Championships, multiple City Championships, a Conference Championship and trip to the 1995 Missouri State Quarterfinals.
Tony was the 1991 and 2006 St. Joseph School District nominee for Teacher of the Year, the 1995 St. Joseph News-Press Coach of the Year, a 2005 Missouri Western Athletics Silver Anniversary Honoree, the 2008 Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association “Man of the Year”, the 2009 St. Joseph Sports, Inc. Coach of the Year, a 2011 Inductee to the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the National Double-Goal Coach Award winner selected by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
As a teacher and coach, Dudik touched the lives of over 20,000 students in the classroom and on the field. Thirty-five players earned All-State honors, while over 60 went on to play football at twenty-six different colleges and universities. During his tenure, 6 players went on to play in the NFL, with an additional two playing professionally. Seven former players are now members of the Central Athletic Hall of Fame. Tony Dudik also served as the Head Wrestling Coach at Central, during that span, he recorded over 120 dual wins and coached over 60 state qualifiers with several earning state medals.
CLASS of 1995 – FOOTBALL TEAM
The Class of 1995 football team left the legacy of playing a “Big Game” every week. Winning the City Jamboree, defeating Lafayette and Benton in dominating fashion, rolling Truman, getting a “gut check” against a tough Columbia Hickman team, outdueling Lee’s Summit, going toe to toe with #1 Blue Springs and securing a trip to the playoffs with three straight wins against Oak Park, Park Hill and William Chrisman.
The Indians defeated Fort Osage in the first round of State, advancing to the Quarterfinals against Blue Springs South. Central finished the season with a 9-3 record, outscoring their opponents 357 to 248. Central had a 1000 yard rusher in Mikael Henderson, 1000 yard passer in David Haasis and six receivers with over 100 yards receiving. Defensive End, Paul Ideker earned All-State honors recording 7 sacks for a stingy defense. The Class of ’95 included future All-State players in Dwayne Blakley and Aaron Crittenden. Blakley and Crittenden went on to play in the NFL.
1995 Football Team and Coaching Staff: Head Coach – Tony Dudik, Charlie Blakley, Chris Chamberlain, Neal Hook , Matt Meinert, Randy Morlock, Tim Nassen, Gary Soske and John Vanderpool.
Central High School Football Team: Mikeal Henderson , Mika Henderson , Charlie Blakley, Travis Allen, Preston Buckley, Keeyon Weathersby, David Haasis , Billy Beasley, Matt Sundet, Brandon Nichols, Chris Coder, Ben Schilling , Chris Guthrie , Jerry Hoffman, Quinton Wallingford, Andy Paolillo, Brett Graves, Justin Wentz, John Pope, Zach Zillner, Jacob Henson , Jason Gentzell , Nick Roueche, Nick Murphy, Jeff Rock, Paul Behan, Matt Hendrix, David Pope, Chad Wallerstedt, Brett Swope, Matt Swymeler, Jamie Altizer, Shawn King, Jon Carter , Aaron Anderson, Josh Bohall, Jay Duin, Jeff Martinez, Jeremy Dale, Jason Redmond, Jason McCracken , Casey DePriest, Neil Fisher, Chris Shutts , Brad Voigt, Aaron Crittendon, Mitch Mannschreck, Blake Roth, Jedd Schneider, Hassan McGaughy, Jeff Fisher, Paul Idecker, Dwayne Blakley, Jason Workman, Bryan Miller, Matt Everett, Kyle Fanning and Nathan Murphy.