Hayden Kilgore steps down as Central Noble head football coach

Central Noble football coach Hayden Kilgore walks the sidelines during a game at Eastside on October 9, 2020.

Outside the Huddle has learned that Hayden Kilgore has resigned as both a coach and a teacher at Central Noble High School.

Kilgore confirmed the news last Friday.

“This is true,” said Kilgore when asked. “I don’t want to say too much because it’s gotta go through school board still, but I’ll be leaving Central Noble altogether.”

Hired in March of 2020 as one of the youngest head coaches in the state at 24 years old, Kilgore took over the Cougars program after a year as defensive coordinator under Coach Trevor Tipton.

In three years at the helm, Kilgore went 14-17 overall, including an eight-win campaign in 2021 in which Central Noble began the season 6-0.

The Cougars finished 2-8 in 2022 but are set to prime back a wealth of talent next season, including on offense with junior quarterback Brody Morgan (1,216 passing yards), running back Devin Hiestand (475 yards, four TDs) and wide receiver Drew Pliett (459 yards, four TDs), among others.

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