Abilene ISD Executive Director of Athletics Jim Garfield announced June 30 that the district has hired Brandon Hudson as the new head girls’ basketball coach at Cooper High School.

Hudson joins the Cooper coaching staff after spending the last two seasons as the head coach at Thurgood Marshall High School in the Fort Bend ISD. Before his two seasons at Marshall High, Hudson spent two seasons (2018-2020) as the head girls’ coach at Clear Brook High School.

“Coach Brandon Hudson is a shining star in the coaching profession,” Garfield said. “Coach Hudson is a kid magnet and we believe that the girls are going to love playing for him. Coach Hudson has a great basketball IQ, and he will bring an up-tempo style of play to Cooper High School. During the interview process, you could see his passion for kids and how he desires to create an environment of camaraderie within the girls’ athletic program at Cooper.”

A 2011 graduate of Texas Tech University, Hudson got his coaching and teaching career started at Lubbock Estacado High School in January 2012 where he served as a teacher and coached football, basketball, and track and field.

“My excitement level is off the charts, and I can’t wait to get to Abilene and get started,” said Hudson, who will begin his duties in mid-August. “The opportunity to return to West Texas was a big draw when I began thinking about this job, not to mention the great reputation of Cooper High School. My top priority is to come in and start building relationships with the players and coaches and then get to work.”

Cooper principal Lyndsey Williamson said she is looking forward to adding Hudson to the Cougars’ coaching staff.

“We are excited for Coach Hudson and his family to join the Cooper family,” she said. “His experience, energy, and knowledge of the game are the perfect combination for our girls’ basketball program.”

Hudson succeeds Arsenio Geter, who resigned in June to take the head girls basketball position at San Angelo Central. Under Geter, the Lady Cougars won a share of the district championship in 2019-20 but missed the playoffs the last two seasons.