Clay retires #14 of late baseball coach Chad Hudnall

Clay High School honored its late baseball coach Monday night.

Chad Hudnall's number 14 was retired before the Colonials' game against Marian. It stands on the left field fence.

In a nice tribute, Colonial players ran out from the dugout all the way to left field to touch Hudnall's #14 after each player was introduced during starting lineups.

Hudnall passed away last fall after a long battle with cancer. He was diagnosed right around the time he took the head coaching job but never quit on his players--sticking it out and coaching while undergoing treatment. Last season, Hudnall led Clay to a sectional championship.

Chad's family including his widow Cathy and four children were on hand for the touching ceremony. Clay Athletic Director Joe Toth presented Cathy with a #14 jersey.

Former Clay Athletic Director Greg Humnicky, former baseball coach Chip O'Neill and Chad's father also made heart warming speeches, remembers Chad.

Clay lost the game 6-4 to Marian.

Hudnall was a 2-sport star at Clay and a member of the school's 1994 state championship basketball team. His #14 basketball jersey was retired this past season.

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