Heritage Christian Academy names Charlie Dudley as Head Football Coach

Heritage Christian Academy is excited to announce that our search for a Head Coach for our Varsity Football program has brought Charlie Dudley as the Head Football Coach. His experience at multiple levels of coaching football and his passion for Christ, students, and football will be a tremendous asset to our school.

A native of Alabama and the greater Birmingham area, Coach Dudley will oversee the development
of the 8-man football program that includes a Varsity team that will play their first season in the
fall 2024, a Junior Varsity team which played their first season in the fall of 2023, and a Youth
football team that played their first season in the fall of 2022. In addition to coaching, Dudley will
also teach English, strength and conditioning classes and assist with the development and
implementation of social media strategies to increase awareness of Heritage Christian Academy.
Coach Dudley comes highly qualified with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with
Specialization in Sports Management (Northcentral University, AZ), a Masters in Teaching –
Secondary Education (Liberty University), a Masters in Sports Administration (Canisius College, NY),
and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with minors in History and English (Auburn University). He also
brings with him 14 years of coaching experience in High School, Junior College and the NCAA,
more than 8 years of college recruiting experience, and 9 years of Sports Administration
experience. His most recent position was a member of the football coaching staff at Birmingham
Southern College.

Athletic Director, Dave Scherbarth says about the hire, “Coach Dudley brings instant credibility to
our athletic department, and his experience will expedite the development of our football program
and our student athletes. Having his presence in the classroom and the school hallways will go a
long way to establishing relationships that will go far beyond the field of competition. His
experience and contacts will also help attract new student athletes to our campus, and he will help
the athletes that want to play at the college level to navigate that process and to reach their goals.”
Head of School, Don Wahlman stated, “The patient process of seeking someone to lead our
program paid off with the addition of Coach Dudley. His experience and enthusiasm were evident
from the opening of our interview with him. He brings an extremely high level of professionalism
and passion for students and the development of our football program. We are blessed to have him come on board at HCA.”

Heritage Christian Academy is an independent, community, Christian school serving Kindergarten –
12th grade as well as early education ages 3-5. We have a devoted faculty whose lives reflect a
personal relationship with Christ and work tirelessly to provide a nurturing environment for
students to grow their God given talents.

Heritage Christian Academy is a member of the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA). We
currently offer team sports at the Varsity and Junior High levels for Boys Football, Boys/Girls Cross
Country, Girls Volleyball, Boys/Girls Basketball, Girls Cheer, Boys Baseball, and Girls Softball. We also
offer team sports at the youth level for Football, Cross Country, Basketball, and Volleyball. Our
cheerleading teams are also a strong part of our overall athletic program. Our program has had
proven success over the years with appearances in state play-offs and multiple state championships.
Several of our graduates have signed athletic scholarships to play sports at the collegiate level.
These accolades are a testament to hard work, dedication and a desire to succeed.

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