Football coaching legend Dudley Hilton resigns from Pikeville for health reasons

After three seasons, University of Pikeville head coach Dudley Hilton resigned for personal and health matters, school president James Hurley announced on Saturday.

"Coach Hilton has done a wonderful job building our program into a conference contender and developing our young men both on and off the field," Hurley said. "We wish him the very best moving forward."

Hilton was 14-18 in three seasons, including a 7-4 campaign in 2013 that was the best for the program since 2005.

"I don't know if I've missed a day of practice in my career, but I didn't want to start off this season going to doctors and missing practice," Hilton told WYMT.

Prior to coaching the Bears, Hilton won 345 games in 36 seasons on the high-school level, capturing three Kentucky state titles along the way — two with Bell County and one with Bourbon County.

The Kentucky High School Athletics Association previously announced that he will be inducted into its Hall of Fame next year.