The Sesser-Valier-Waltonville football program has hired Mike Rude to serve as co-head coach. He joins John Shadowens, who has coached the Red Devils for 15 years.
The Red Devils were 7-3 last year, losing in the first round of the IHSA playoffs.
"After losing two key members of our coaching staff in the offseason, coupled with coach Rude's resignation (at Vienna), the stars aligned just right for this to happen," said Shadowens in a press release issued by Sesser-Valier High School. "What an opportunity for our coaching staff and kids to learn from a hall of famer. It's a win-win for everyone."
Rude has coached for 47 years and brings 217 career wins to the table. He has coached at Wyanet, Bishop McNamara, Anna-Jonesboro, Marion, Johnston City and Vienna. Rude also coached at Morthland College.
Rude was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995. He is the youngest coach ever to be inducted.
"At this point in my career I feel extremely honored to become a member of the Red Devil coaching staff as well as the communities associated with the football program," Rude said in the press release. "I am excited to be working alongside John Shadowens, who I have tremendous respect for as a coach as well as a leader of young men. I have been impressed with the members of the football coaching staff and look forward to working side-by-side with them to develop the best teams possible."