Smyrna High School Football Head Coach Mike Judy is being honored at the collegiate level for accomplishments during his playing days at Wesley College in Dover.
The three-year starter on the offensive line for the Wolverines’ football team from 1997-2000 was among 13 inductees recently announced by the college for the Wesley Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
A few weeks back, Judy received a call from Wesley Head Coach Mike Drass, which isn’t uncommon for Judy who is in regular contact with his former head coach.
“Coach Drass, he keeps in touch with former players a lot. I get random phone calls or text messages from him. He called and I was expecting to talk about a high school player or something,” Judy said. “He has a way of catching you off guard, and he said he was making calls to let the new inductees know that they were getting in, it took me a minute to catch on.”
For Judy, being inducted into the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame was a tremendous surprise, one he’s honored to receive.
“I was surprised and very excited, but mostly humbled,” Judy said. “I really cherish my time playing at Wesley and I never thought about any of the hall of fame or postseason honors, it was always about representing ourselves and our families the right way and making the best of our time at Wesley and being the best team we could be.”
Since graduating from Wesley as a standout center, Judy has accomplished a lot, including being named Delaware Head Coach of the Year while helping lead Smyrna to back-to-back state titles. However, to be honored as a hall of famer by Wesley, it stands tall alongside his other accomplishments.
“I think from a player’s perspective, if I were to break my career into two phases, one as a player and one as a coach, it would be the ultimate achievement,” Judy said. “To be held in high regard by the coaching staff and the administration and to be honored as a hall of famer is second only to being a captain chosen by your teammates, that’s the highest honor you can be given as a player.”
Judy was a two-time captain at Wesley, a member of ACFC (Atlantic Central Football Conference) Champions in 1998 and 2000, an ECAC All-Star and All-ACFC All-Star in 2000, on the All-ACFC Second team in 1998 and 1999, while also being named Wesley Lineman of the Year, Offensive MVP and Rookie of the Year.
The 2017 Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame inductions are set for Friday, Oct. 13 during the school’s homecoming weekend, which coincides with Smyrna’s homecoming game against Sussex Central the same night.
“It’s one of those things we’ll have to figure out with Wesley’s induction ceremony on Friday night, so I’ll probably ask someone to represent me,” Judy said. “I have some people I can lean on that could be there for the ceremony and hopefully I can get my family over there and possibly represent me.”
“Saturday morning, when Wesley has their homecoming, I’ll be free to come over there and be involved in that. It’s a good problem to have. Either way, I’m excited and my family is excited and I’m really honored,” he said.