Muskingum College ’87, Louisville ‘92
Ron Hudson enters his third season in charge of the Union – a traditional nickname given to Nevada’s offensive line to describe its blue collar work ethic. Hudson is a veteran offensive line coach with more than 20 years of coaching experience.
One of the first hires to third-year head coach Brian Polian’s staff prior to the 2013 season, Hudson brought experience from 12 collegiate programs to Reno. The 2015 campaign will mark Hudson’s 27th season of collegiate coaching and his 20th coaching the offensive front.
A passionate coach and leader to the Union, Hudson’s impact was immediate for Nevada. Hudson helped develop Joel Bitonio cement his legacy as one of the top linemen in program history in his first season in Reno. Bitonio went on to earn first team All-Mountain West honors in 2013, become the second-highest NFL draft pick in program history and start all 16 games for the Cleveland Browns in his rookie season.
Hudson’s offensive line allowed Nevada to average over 200 yards rushing per game in 2014, marking the seventh time in the past nine season the Union has reached that milestone. Hudson’s line was young in 2014, but it undoubtedly improved as the season went on, culminating with a 408-yard rushing game against UNLV to close the regular season. Hudson helped Nevada post a 7-6 record in 2014 and reach a bowl game for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons with a trip to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl.
The Pack ranked fifth in the Mountain West and 38th in the nation in rushing last season, averaging over 205 yards per game. The Union only allowed Cody Fajardo to be sacked 20 times, which was the third-fewest sacks allowed in the conference. Hudson helped mentor senior center Matt Galas, who started in every game and earned second team All-MW accolades, and senior Kyle Roberts, who was selected as an undrafted free agent with the Broncos after the season.
Now in his third season at Nevada, Hudson will continue the storied tradition of the Union with a deep cast of talent to vie for playing time. After starting in all but one game at left tackle as a freshman last season, Austin Corbett will lead Nevada up front. Hudson will also return starting experience from sophomores Joey Anglemire and Adam Khouri.
Hudson came to Nevada after one season as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach at Massachusetts. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity at Nevada's Mountain West foe, New Mexico. Hudson spent six seasons at Louisiana-Lafayette, serving as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach during his tenure with the Cajuns. Under Hudson, the Cajuns produced one of the nation's most dominating running games as ULL finished in the top 15 in the nation in rushing offense four times, ranking seventh in 2005 and 2007. The Cajuns were also in the top 15 three different times in fewest sacks allowed.
During the 2005 Sun Belt championship season, Hudson tutored an offensive line that paved the way for a school-record 2,797 rushing yards and 34 rushing touchdowns. UL allowed just nine sacks on the season. The rushing mark was broken two years later as ULL topped the 3,000-yard mark in 2007 (the first Sun Belt team to ever do so) with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
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. 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.
Prior to that, 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. While at UTEP, he worked with former Nevada assistant coach James Spady.
Hudson began his coaching career in 1991, with the first of a two-year stint as a graduate assistant at Louisville. He coached tight ends at Illinois State in 1993 before spending the 1994 season as the offensive coordinator at Urbana University in Ohio.
He coached tight ends at The Citadel in 1995 and was the offensive line coach at Lenoir Rhyne College in 1996 before becoming the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Kent State in 1997. He moved on to two seasons as the offensive line coach at Southeast Missouri State in 1998-99 before spending one season at Bowling Green in 2000 before landing the job at UTEP.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Hudson was a four-year starter at center at Muskingum College from 1983-86.
The File on Ron Hudson
Born: Nov. 5, 1964.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio.
Family: Wife - Melissa, Daughter - Mackenzie, Sons - Spencer and David.
Education Bachelor's, Physical Education and History, Muskingum College, 1987. Master's, Physical Education, Louisville, 1992.
2013-Current: Offensive Line, Nevada
2012: Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line, UMass
2011: Offensive Line, New Mexico
2005-10: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line, Louisiana Lafayette
2004: Offensive Line, Texas A&M-Kingsville
2003: Defensive Ends/Recruiting, UTEP
2001-02: Tight Ends, UTEP
2000: Offensive Line, Bowling Green
1998-99: Offensive Line, Southeast Missouri
1997: Special Teams/Tight Ends, Kent State
1996: Offensive Line/Recruiting, Lenoir Rhyne
1995: Tight Ends, The Citadel
1994: Offensive Coordinator, Urbana
1993: Tight Ends, Illinois State
Muskingum College: Four-year starter at center (1983-86).
Recruiting Area: Orange County and Inland Empire.