Following positions as wide receivers coach and passing coordinator at Mississippi State, and as an ultra-successful head coach at Division II North Alabama, Mark Hudspeth has been selected as the new head football coach for the Ragin' Cajuns.

In his first year at MSU (2009), the Bulldogs passing game ranked #105 among Division I-A schools for quarterback passing rating and #93 in yards per attempt.  The passing game showed marked improvement after one year under Hudspeth, ranked at #48 for quarterback passing rating, and #25 in yards per attempt.

Hudspeth came to Mississippi State from North Alabama, where he spent the past seven seasons as the head football coach. Hudspeth led the Lions to a 66-21 record, with a pair of Gulf South Conference championships and five NCAA playoff appearances.

In 2008, Hudspeth led UNA to its fourth-consecutive 10-win season, posting a 12-2 record and a berth in the NCAA Division II semifinals. The Lions led the Gulf South Conference and ranked sixth nationally, scoring 41.3 points per game. In 2007, Hudspeth led the Lions to a 10-2 record and reached the national quarterfinals.

In 2006 the Lions had an 11-1 record, won a GSC title and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs. Hudspeth was selected Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year for the second time by his peers and was also selected Region 2 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

In 2005, Hudspeth led a UNA squad that went 11-3 and reached the semifinals of the Division II playoffs for the second time in three years.

The Lions went 4-7 in Hudspeth's first season, then posted a 13-1 record and advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals in 2003. For his efforts, Hudspeth was named GSC Coach of the Year in just his second season as a collegiate head coach. He was also selected NCAA Division II Region 2 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

Prior to his stint at North Alabama, Hudspeth served as the offensive coordinator at the United States Naval Academy in 2001. Hudspeth was the offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Delta State University from 1999-2000. He helped lead the Statesmen to a NCAA Division II National Championship in 2000, and his offense broke 21 school records, 12 Gulf South Conference records, and six NCAA Division II records that year.

Hudspeth served as the head coach at Winston Academy in Louisville, Miss., in 1996 and 1997. He led Winston Academy to a 25-1 record over two seasons including an undefeated record in the regular season.

In 1994-95 Hudspeth served as the wide receivers/tight ends coach and then the running backs coach at Nicholls State University.

Hudspeth is a native of Louisville, Miss. and is married to the former Tyla McConnell.  They have one son, Gunner, and one daughter, Carley.

Coaching Career
2002-08: North Alabama (Head Coach)
2001: Naval Academy (Offensive Coordinator)
1999-2000: Delta State (Offensive Coordinator)
1998: Central Arkansas (Defensive Backs)
1996-97: Louisville (Miss.) Winston Academy High School (Head Coach)
1994-95: Nicholls State (Wide Receivers / TEs)
1992-93: Central Arkansas (Graduate Assistant)

Personal
Birthdate: November 10, 1968
Hometown: Louisville, Miss.
Education: 1992 - Bachelor's in Education from Delta State
1993 - Master's in Education from Central Arkansas
Family: Married to the former Tyla McConnell
Children: Gunner and Carley


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