Mark Hudson enters his 14th season at the helm of the men's soccer program 2020-21. Under Hudson, the team has seen a continued rise in success in the extremely competitive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The last several years has seen the program have some of the most successful seasons in program history, including a spot in the SCAC Championships every year since 2016, including semifinal appearances in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Hudson came to Austin College from former SCAC member Centre College (Ky.) in 2007, his alma mater (1999), where he was an assistant coach for five seasons.
Prior to his stint at Centre, Hudson spent the 2001 season at Washington and Lee University in Virginia, where the school won the regular season conference championship in one of the best seasons in school history. In addition, Hudson has coached club soccer in Colorado and Kentucky.
As a player, Hudson led Centre to some of its most successful seasons in school history. As a junior, Hudson captained the team to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance; a feat that was repeated a year later in which the Colonels fell to defending national champion Wheaton College, the nation’s top-ranked team, in overtime.
Hudson’s philosophy of play involves a technical and possession-oriented game combined with a free and attacking mentality. Much of Hudson’s approach to technical training came from his time spent with the Arsenal Coaching Staff (London, England) leading up to their EPL fixture with rival Manchester United in 2004.
Hudson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University’s SportsCenter. In addition, Hudson holds advanced certifications from United Soccer Coaches (USC) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He has served on the NCAA Regional Championship Selection Committee and is currently the West Region Chair for the USC All-America Committee. Hudson resides in Pottsboro, Texas with his wife, Laci, their daughter, Eila, and their dogs Cal and Mia. Hudson loves to cook, spend time on Lake Texoma, and is determined to figure out the game that is called golf.