By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to The Advocate, former Louisiana Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth has been hired as the Gulf Shores High School head coach. Hudspeth, who took off the 2020 season, is taking over a program that went 2-8 during the 2019 season.
Gulf Shores plays within the Class 6A in Alabama.
“We conducted a national search for a head football coach,” Gulf Shores City Superintendent Matt Akin said. “Out of over 100 applicants, coach Mark Hudspeth rose to the top. His coaching experience and success were unmatched by any other applicants. We look forward to seeing our student athletes develop under his leadership.”
Before accepting this high school coaching opportunity, Hudspeth spent the majority of his career in college football. His last high school coaching opportunity came at Winston Academy in Mississippi where he coached in 1996 and 1997.
He spent the 2019 season as the Austin Peay Governors head coach. He guided the team to an 11-4 record and an NCAA FCS Playoff quarterfinal finish before stepping down.
Hudspeth was the Assistant Head Coach and Tight Ends coach at Mississippi State in 2018. He was the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns head coach from 2011 through 2017.
He also was the head coach at North Alabama Lions in 2002 through 2008. Hudsepth has also worked for the Navy Midshipmen, Delta State Statesmen, Central Arkansas Bears, and Nicholls State Colonels.
As a college football head coach, he is 106-63.
“Tyla, my boys and I are excited to be joining the Gulf Shores Dolphin family,” Hudspeth said. “I am looking forward to leading a team that is part of a community that we care so much about. Our goal is to develop a program that everyone can be proud of and that develops young men on and off the field.”
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