His past gives him a unique perspective on an official's job during the game.
“I enjoy coaching more than officiating,” he said. “I know exactly what those guys are going through. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that during the course of the game when a call doesn't go my way.
“They're human. Even the best officials at the NBA level miss calls. It helps me understand what they're going through, because I've been there.”
Now, Cudjoe gets the chance to fulfill a dream of coaching at the school where the court is named for his father, Lawrence Cudjoe.
Douglass has won the last four state championships in Class 4A, but it also lost the school's most prolific scorer, point guard Stephen Clark, who started on all four title teams.
So Kendal Cudjoe will take a page from his father's playbook as he takes over his new team.
“I've always believed — and I got this philosophy from my father — that balanced scoring can be just as effective, if not more, than one person doing most of the scoring,” he said. “My father had great players at Douglass, but their teammates were so talented that they could score also, when they were called upon.
“These guys in the program now know how to win. When you lose a guy who averages 30 or 40 points a game, you know you have underclassmen waiting to get their shot to step in.”