Hudspeth at the 2016 Sun Belt Media Day
|Title||Associate head coach and tight ends coach|
November 10, 1968 |
|Alma mater||Delta State, 1992|
|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–present||Mississippi State (Assoc. HC/TE)|
|Head coaching record|
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.
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.
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
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.
Louisiana-Lafayette fired Hudspeth after the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Hudspeth is married to Tyla McConnell and has four sons and one daughter.
Head coaching record
|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 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|
|2016||Louisiana||6–7||5–3||5th||L New Orleans|
|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.
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- "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.