After resigning from the head coaching job at Austin Peay (FCS – TN) back in July, Mark Hudspeth is set to make his return to the sidelines.
Sources tell FootballScoop that Hud will be announced as the new head coach at Gulf Shores High School (AL) tomorrow.
At the time of the resignation at Austin Peay, Hud was coming off a program-record 11 wins, had just led the team to their second Ohio Valley Conference championship and its first-ever postseason appearance.
In the official release from the school at that time, Hudspeth shared, “This was not an easy decision, but a very personal one. I need to take some time away from the game with Tyla and the kids. I could not be more thankful for my time at Austin Peay and will be a fan forever. I will miss the players and coaches incredibly and will never forget their commitment to each other and this team.
Hud ended his statement by sharing, “I will return to coaching in the future at the right time.”
It appears that Gulf Shores provides the right opportunity at the right time for Hud and his family.
Hudspeth had a great run as the head coach at North Alabama (D-II) from 2002-08, winning 66 games before taking the receivers job at Mississippi State for a few seasons.
In 2011, he landed the head coaching job at Louisiana-Lafayette where he won 9-games in each of his first four seasons. He was let go at ULL following the 2017 season and spent a season at Mississippi State working with the tight ends before returning to the head coaching seat at Austin Peay for a single season.
Gulf Shores, a 6A program, finished 2-8 last season and shares a region with local powerhouses Spanish Fort HS, Saraland HS, and McGill-Toolen HS. They’ll have the benefit of adding an experienced winner in Hud that should immediately make things really interesting in the region.
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