Mark Douglas Hudspeth (born November 10, 1968) is an American football coach. He is the head football coach at Austin Peay State University, a position he has held since the 2019 season. Hudsepth served as the head football coach at University of North Alabama from 2002 to 2008 and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2011 to 2017. He played college football at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, where he was a four-year letterman. Between he tenures at North Alabama and Louisiana–Lafayette, Hudspeth was the wide receivers and passing game coordinator at Mississippi State University under head coach Dan Mullen.

Mark Hudspeth
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamAustin Peay
Biographical details
Born (1968-11-10) November 10, 1968 (age 51)
Louisville, Mississippi
Playing career
1987–1991Delta State
Position(s)Safety, quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992–1993Central Arkansas (GA)
1994Nicholls State (WR/TE)
1995Nicholls State (RB)
1996–1997Winston Academy (MS)
1998Central Arkansas (DB)
1999–2000Delta State (OC)
2001Navy (OC)
2002–2008North Alabama
2009–2010Mississippi State (WR/PGC)
2018Mississippi State (AHC/TE)
2019–presentAustin Peay
Head coaching record
Overall106–63* (college)
25–1 (high school)
Bowls2–1 (plus 2 vacated wins)
Tournaments8–4 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
2–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
2 GSC (2003, 2006)
1 OVC (2019)
GSC Coach of The Year (2003, 2006)
OVC Coach of The Year (2019)

Early life and playing careerEdit

Hudspeth grew up in Louisville, Mississippi. Hudspeth was a schoolmate at Winston Academy in Louisville, Mississippiof Andy Kennedy, former head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels men's basketball team and Matthew Mitchell of the Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Hudspeth returned to his high school alma mater in 1996, leading Winston Academy from a program what produced one win in the previous two seasons to a 25–1 record in his two seasons and the 1997 Mississippi Private School Association Class A state title.

In the 2000 Division II championship game—last game at Delta State University–his offense set title-game records in rushing yards (524), total yards (649) and first downs (36) en route to a 63–34 win.[2]

Hudspeth left UNA after the 2008 season.


Hudspeth was named the 26th head football coach in Louisiana–Lafayette history on December 13, 2010.

In his first season in 2011, he led a team that finished 3–9 the year before to a 9–4 record and an appearance in the New Orleans Bowl – their first bowl berth since 1970.

He added three more 9–4 seasons under his belt, playing in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl defeating East Carolina in 2012, Tulane in 2013 and Nevada in 2014.

However, the NCAA forced Hudspeth to vacate 22 wins from 2011 to 2014, including the 2011 and 2013 New Orleans Bowls and 2013 Sun Belt Conference co-championship, due to NCAA violations involving academic fraud and payments to players.

The Cajuns fired Hudspeth after the conclusion of the 2017 season.[3][dead link]

Austin PeayEdit

Hudspeth was hired by Austin Peay State University after Will Healy left to take the head coaching job at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his first season as head coach, in 2019, Hudspeth led Austin Peay to its first 11-win season in program history, its first Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) title in 42 years, and first appearance in the NCAA Division I Football Championship playoffs, where the Governors defeated Furman and Sacramento State before falling in the Quarterfinals to Montana State.

Personal lifeEdit

Hudspeth is married to Tyla McConnell and has four sons and one daughter.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs STATS# Coaches°
North Alabama Lions (Gulf South Conference) (2002–2008)
2002 North Alabama 4–7 3–6 T–8th
2003 North Alabama 13–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division II Semifinal
2004 North Alabama 5–5 4–5 T–6th
2005 North Alabama 11–3 7–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Semifinal
2006 North Alabama 11–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2007 North Alabama 10–2 7–1 T–2nd L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2008 North Alabama 12–2 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division II Semifinal
North Alabama: 66–21 45–15
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2017)
2011 Louisiana–Lafayette 1–4* 1–2* 3rd* (vacated) V New Orleans* (vacated)
2012 Louisiana–Lafayette 5–4* 4–2* T–2nd* (vacated) W New Orleans
2013 Louisiana–Lafayette 1–4* 0–2* T–1st* (vacated) V New Orleans* (vacated)
2014 Louisiana–Lafayette 7–4* 5–1* 2nd* (vacated) W New Orleans
2015 Louisiana–Lafayette 4–8 3–5 T–5th
2016 Louisiana–Lafayette 6–7 5–3 5th L New Orleans
2017 Louisiana 5–7 4–4 T–5th
Louisiana–Lafayette/Louisiana: 29–38* 22–19*
Austin Peay Governors (Ohio Valley Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Austin Peay 11–4 7–1 T–1st L NCAA FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal 18 17
Austin Peay: 11–4 7–1
Total: 106–63*
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

* Louisiana–Lafayette vacated 22 wins from 2011 to 2014, including the 2011 and 2013 New Orleans Bowls and 2013 Sun Belt Conference co-championship, due to NCAA violations involving a former assistant.[5][6] Without the vacated wins, Louisiana went 9-4 in each season between 2011-2014.


  1. ^ "Mark Hudspeth Official Bio".
  2. ^ Johnson, Luke (September 24, 2015). "Striving for more, Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth driven by never-ending worry". Baton Rouge Advocate.
  3. ^ "UL fires Hudspeth as head coach". KATC. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Official Athletics Site of the Ragin' Cajuns – 2016 Football Coaching Staff". December 13, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "Exam fraud, recruit payments among NCAA accusations against the Cajuns, ex-assistant coach David Saunders". The Baton Rouge Advocate. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "Here's what games UL has vacated following NCAA probe". March 8, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2016.

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