Mark Hudspeth

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Mark Hudspeth
Hudspeth at the 2016 Sun Belt Media Day
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Associate head coach and tight ends coach
Team Mississippi State
Conference SEC
Biographical details
Born (1968-11-10) November 10, 1968 (age 49)
Louisville, Mississippi
Alma mater Delta State, 1992
Playing career
1987–1991 Delta State
Position(s) Safety, quarterback
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)
2001 Navy (OC)
2002–2008 North Alabama
2009–2010 Mississippi State (WR/PGC)
2011–2017 Louisiana
2018–present Mississippi State (Assoc. HC/TE)
Head coaching record
Overall 94–59* (college)
25–1 (high school)
Bowls 2–1 (plus 2 vacated wins)
Tournaments 8–4 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors

Mark Hudspeth (born November 10, 1968) is an American football coach. Hudspeth was a four-year football letterman at Delta State University, head coach at the University of North Alabama, an assistant coach (wide receivers and passing game coordinator) at Mississippi State under head coach Dan Mullen, and head coach at the Louisiana–Lafayette.


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

In the 2000 Division II championship game — last game at DSU – 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]

He moved to Annapolis to serve as offensive coordinator at Navy in 2001 before serving as head coach job at North Alabama from 2002 to 2008.

Hudspeth left UNA after the 2008 season.

Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

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.

Louisiana-Lafayette fired Hudspeth after the conclusion of the 2017 season.[3]

Personal life[edit]

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

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
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 Ragin' Cajuns (Sun Belt Conference) (2011–2017)
2011 Louisiana 0–4* 0–2* 3rd* (vacated) V New Orleans* (vacated)
2012 Louisiana 5–4* 4–2* T–2nd* (vacated) W New Orleans
2013 Louisiana 1–4* 0–2* T–1st* (vacated) V New Orleans* (vacated)
2014 Louisiana 7–4* 5–1* 2nd* (vacated) W New Orleans
2015 Louisiana 4–8 3–5 T–5th
2016 Louisiana 6–7 5–3 5th L New Orleans
2017 Louisiana 5–7 4–4 T–5th
Louisiana: 28–38 21–19
Total: 94–59
      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]


  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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