Mike Hudson joined the Rice staff in 2017 as a defensive assistant.
He brings 29 years of coaching experience to South Main, including a total of 18 years at Texas State working on the defensive side of the ball.
Most recently he coached the Bobcats defensive line from 2011-15 and previously coached the linebackers from 1995-200 before becoming defensive coordinator in 2001-02. He began his coaching career in San Marcos as a student coach (1997-98) and graduate assistant (1990-91). During his combined time with the Bobcats, Hudson's pupils earned numerous all-conference honors as well as second-team All-Americans Ypres Thomas in 1995 and Myron Coleman in 2000 and Greg Pitts in 2002. Pitts also earned third team honors in 2001.
In 2012, Hudson tutored Joplo Bartu, who earned second-team All-WAC honors as a defensive end and linebacker before playing in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 and 2014.
Hudson returned to Texas State as an assistant coach for the third time in his career in 2011 after serving on the staff at Montana for six seasons.
He coached several positions during his six-year stint at Montana. He spent the 2010 season coaching linebackers after serving as Montana's secondary coach for two seasons. He also was the football director of operations in 2009, and was Montana's associate head coach while coaching running backs and secondary from 2005-08. During his tenure there, the Grizzlies were FCS Playoff finalists in 2008 and 2009. Montana also won or shared the Big Sky Conference from 2005-09.
Hudson went to Montana from Sam Houston State, where he was the defensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004 after serving one year as a defensive line coach. While at Sam Houston State, the Bearkats advanced to the semifinals of the 2004 NCAA FCS Playoffs.
In between his first two stints at Texas State, Hudson was an assistant coach at Trinity University in San Antonio for two seasons before moving to New Mexico as the defensive line coach in 1994.
Hudson earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at UTSA in 1994. Born in Bryan, Texas and raised in San Antonio, Hudson played collegiate football at Angelo State University in 1983 and 1984. The Rams won a Lone Star Conference championship in 1984.
He and his wife, Dyan, have two children, Lee and Loryn.