Howe is searching for a new head football coach and athletic director after Zack Hudson resigned from that position on Friday.


Hudson is leaving to take the head football coach position at Mabank, pending school board approval at its meeting on January 22. It will be a coaching-only capacity for Hudson, who went 30-28 in his five seasons with the Bulldogs and made the playoffs three times, including a pair of region semifinal appearances.


He leaves with the fourth-most victories in program history and the most playoffs wins at five.


Howe had back-to-back 2-8 seasons before his arrival and went 3-7 in his first year. Then in 2014, the Bulldogs finished 7-6 with the first playoff appearance in four years and made the region semis before losing to eventual 3A Division II state champ Waskom.


The following season produced the most victories by the Bulldogs since 1998 and matching the school record for a third time. Howe was 10-2 with a District 5-3A (II) title before losing to West Rusk in the area round.


Hudson then guided the Bulldogs to a 9-4 mark and a trip to the region semifinals before bowing out against eventual 3A Division I state champ Mineola.


Howe went 1-9 this past season, earning a victory over Callisburg in the season-finale to avoid its first winless season since 1964.


Mabank, a Class 4A Division I program, went 1-9 this past fall and was open after Mikey Thompson stepped down after going 3-26 in three seasons. The Panthers have not won more than two games in a season since 2011, last made the playoffs in 2007 and last had a winning record in 2006.