Starting in July, North Platte High School will have a new face in charge of activities.
Jordan Cudney, the current Coazad activities director will take over the same position at NPHS this summer. Cudney will replace Marc Mroczek, who has been North Platte’s activities director since 2012 and recently accepted a position as assistant principal and activities director at Gothenburg High School.
Cudney, a Falls City native, played football at Doane and has a lengthy teaching and coaching background in both high school and college before getting into the administration side.
Cudney served as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Omaha Benson High School, along with teaching physical education. He spent three years at Ord High School — two as the head football coach — and also coached at Crete. Collegiately, Cudney coached for two years as a graduate assistant for the football team at Morningside College and was an assistant coach at Midland University.
Cudney’s wife Kara is a North Platte alum and the two have two daughters, Hadlee Elizabeth, 2, and Henley Grace, 10 months.
"I wasn’t looking to make a move, but when this job came open I saw it as a great opportunity to be an AD at a higher level at a place I’m familiar with," Cudney said. "My wife is from North Platte, she still has family (in North Platte) and we go to church in North Platte. It’s a great fit."
Cudney sees great potential for both Bulldog athletics and activities as the program continues its transition into Class B for most sports.
"You’ve seen glimpses of success over the years at North Platte and I know there’s potential for sustainable success," Cudney said. "This is a great opportunity with great resources for us to have a very successful athletics and activities department."
Cudney has a clear vision of the identity he wants for the Bulldogs.
"I’m a big believer in the fact that you can control certain variables and the one we can control regardless of anything else is our toughness, grit and perseverance," Cudney said. "We want to produce a group of young men and women that are mentally and emotionally
Another one of Cudney’s credos is cultivating a sense of community throughout the program and having kids that are good representations of North Platte.
"There has to be a level of excellence and desire to win, but at the same time we want to represent the community to the best of our ability," Cudney said. "I think as an activities department, we need to have togetherness. The department works best when we function as a collection and we all work together."
Cudney and Mroczek will both finish out the school year at their current institutions, with Cudney officially taking over in July.