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.
|Born||November 10, 1968|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1992–1993||Central Arkansas (GA)|
|1994||Nicholls State (WR/TE)|
|1995||Nicholls State (RB)|
|1996–1997||Winston Academy (MS)|
|1998||Central Arkansas (DB)|
|1999–2000||Delta State (OC)|
|2009–2010||Mississippi State (WR/PGC)|
|2018||Mississippi State (AHC/TE)|
|Head coaching record|
25–1 (high school)
|Bowls||2–1 (plus 2 vacated wins)|
|Tournaments||8–4 (NCAA D-II playoffs)|
2–1 (NCAA D-I playoffs)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 GSC (2003, 2006)|
1 OVC (2019)
|2× 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hudspeth is married to Tyla McConnell and has four sons and one daughter.
Head coaching recordEdit
|North Alabama Lions (Gulf South Conference) (2002–2008)|
|2003||North Alabama||13–1||9–0||1st||L NCAA Division II Semifinal|
|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|
|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|
|2016||Louisiana–Lafayette||6–7||5–3||5th||L New Orleans|
|Austin Peay Governors (Ohio Valley Conference) (2019–present)|
|2019||Austin Peay||11–4||7–1||T–1st||L NCAA FCS Playoffs Quarterfinal||18||17|
|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. Without the vacated wins, Louisiana went 9-4 in each season between 2011-2014.
- "Mark Hudspeth Official Bio". RaginCajuns.com.
- Johnson, Luke (September 24, 2015). "Striving for more, Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth driven by never-ending worry". Baton Rouge Advocate.
- "UL fires Hudspeth as head coach". KATC. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
- "The Official Athletics Site of the Ragin' Cajuns – 2016 Football Coaching Staff". Ragincajuns.com. December 13, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
- "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.
- "Here's what games UL has vacated following NCAA probe". Theadvertiser.com. March 8, 2016. Retrieved September 6, 2016.