Ron Hudson
Ron Hudson

Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line

1st Season at UMass

Alma Mater:
Muskingum College '87


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Ron Hudson joins UMass as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Hudson spent the 2011 campaign at New Mexico, coaching the offensive line after serving as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Louisiana Lafayette from 2005-10. This will be Hudson's 24th year of collegiate coaching including his 17th working with the offensive line.

Under Hudson's supervision, the Cajuns produced one of the nation's most dominating running games. UL finished in the top-15 in the nation in rushing offense four times, ranking 7th in 2005 and 2007. Additionally, three times the Cajuns placed in the top-15 for fewest sacks allowed.

In 2005 when UL was Sun Belt Conference champions, Hudson tutored an offensive line that paved the way for a school record 2,797 rushing yards and 34 rushing TDs. UL allowed just nine sacks - the fourth lowest total in the country. That rushing record didn't stand long as the Cajuns ran for 3,019 yards in 2007, including 1,000-yard rushing performances from QB Michael Desormeaux and RB Tyrell Fenroy. UL became the first team in Sun Belt history to rush for more than 3,000 yards in a season. The offensive line ranked 19th nationally in fewest sacks allowed.

A national finalist for 2008 offensive line coach of the year, Hudson tutored seven All-Sun Belt performers from 2006-08, including three-time All-SBC tackle Jesse Newman. Newman was the third overall selection in the 2008 Canadian Football League Draft.

Fenroy was the biggest piece to the Cajuns' ground game, amassing 4,646 yards and 48 TDs from 2005-08. He became just the seventh player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards four times.

Hudson came to UL after serving as the offensive line coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He coached three all-conference players, including Roy Stroud, who was a Division II All-American. Kingsville was ranked as one of the top five Division II programs in the nation.

Prior to his appointment with the Javelinas, Hudson spent three seasons at UTEP. He was tight ends coach in 2001-02 and promoted to defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator in 2003.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Hudson received bachelor's degrees in physical education and history from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio in 1987. He added a master's in physical education from Louisville in 1992.

Hudson and his wife, Melissa, have three children, daughter Mackenzie and sons Spencer and David.

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