A veteran offensive line coach with more than 20 years of experience, Ron Hudson's impact was immediate for Nevada as he helped develop Joel Bitonio cement his legacy as one of the linemen in the history program and go on to be the second-highest draft pick in school history.
Now in his second season at Nevada, Hudson will continue the storied tradition of the Union with what may be a first - the potential of four local products, including three from the same high school, starting on the offensive line.
Hudson returns two-time Rimington Award Watch Lister Matt Galas at center. A pair of Reed High School products - senior Kyle Roberts and redshirt freshman Austin Corbett - are penciled in at the tackle spots. Jeremy Macauley, a one-time walk-on from Reed High who emerged and seized a starting job last year, is back at guard, as is junior Connor Talbott.
A juco transfer, Humberto Lopez, and a host of freshmen will be looking for playing time as the Pack enters 2014.
The 2014 season will mark Hudson's 26th season of collegiate coaching and his 19th coaching the offensive front.
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 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-: 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.
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