Hudson was named LSU’s head coach on December 11, 2019. Only three months into her gig at the helm of LSU soccer in March of 2020, the COVID19 pandemic struck and halted all of collegiate athletics. Hudson didn’t let that deter her from building meaningful relationships with her staff, athletes, and LSU soccer alumni as she poured in a copious amount of time to immerse herself in the history of the program.
Fast forward five months and the LSU soccer team returned to campus and began practice for the 2020-21 season, its first under Hudson. Hudson’s first win of her LSU career came on November 13, 2020, as the Tigers shutout Alabama for a 2-0 win over Alabama in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama. The Tigers followed that up with a 2-1 win over No. 14 Ole Miss two days later to advance to the SEC quarterfinals in their first SEC Tournament appearance under Hudson’s reign.
The 2020-21 season featured fall and spring games that counted towards LSU’s team record and Hudson made the most of the spring with her team. She led her squad to a record of 6-1-1 in the spring of 2021 and the level of expectation within the program has risen heading into the fall of 2021. The Tigers ended the 2020-21 season with an RPI of 54 and will look to do more in the fall of 2021. LSU returns 60 of its 62 points from the 2020-21 season to the 2021 roster, and have also added a load of transfers and newcomers that will impact LSU’s play right away.
Tinaya Alexander (21 points) had a career year in 2020-21 with nine goals and three assists to lead the scoring efforts for LSU. Molly Thompson did the same as well as she scored a career high five goals during her junior campaign. Rammie Noel and Maya Gordon were both named to the All-SEC Second Team for their play during the fall portion of the 2020 season under Hudson’s guidance.
Hudson came to LSU with nearly 20 years of coaching experience. She came to Baton Rouge after serving as the head coach at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs for the past three seasons. During her time as head coach at UCCS, Hudson led the Mountain Lions to a 52-10-4 record. Each of those three seasons saw UCCS qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the first three appearances in school history, including a run to the national semifinals in 2017. Her win totals in each of the three seasons – 17 in 2017, 16 in 2018, and 19 in 2019 – were the three winningest seasons in program history.
Hudson, the 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, led UCCS to a No. 1 national ranking for the first time in program history in 2019 as the Mountain Lions marched to a record of 19-2 and a NCAA South Central Region No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Five of her players earned United Soccer Coaches All-South Central region honors and Shanade Hopcroft was named the South Central Region Player of the Year and RMAC Player of the Year. Aleesa Muir, a defender on Hudson’s 2019 team, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Soccer First Team, and teammate Ella Fischer received the 2019 Summit Award from the RMAC which is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA in the conference. Hudson’s 2019 squad was an offensive juggernaut ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense (3.19 avg./NCAA No. 4), goals scored (67/No. 6) and total points (187/No. 5), all of which were program records.
Hudson and her staff at UCCS earned South Central Region Staff of the year honors in their debut season in 2017. That campaign saw the Mountain Lions go 17-5-1, make a run to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, and win the first ever Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in program history.
During her three years at UCCS, she coached Tarah Patterson (2017) and Anna Gregg (2018) to All-America honors as they became the first two student-athletes in program history to achieve the feat. All in all, Hudson coached two RMAC players of the year, two RMAC goalkeepers of the year, and two RMAC freshmen of the year. Ten of her players racked up a total of 15 all-conference awards from 2017-19 at UCCS.
Prior to taking the head job at UCCS, Hudson spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I program Colorado College in Colorado Springs. In her two-year stint, she assisted in every aspect of the program and helped Colorado College reach the semifinals of the 2015 Mountain West Tournament.
Hudson was the general manager for the Colorado Pride W-League Team during the team’s first two seasons in 2014 and 2015. She also served as the assistant coach for the 2014 season and took the reigns as the head coach for the 2015 campaign. Hudson led the team to the conference championship in 2015 and had four players drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League between the drafts in 2014 and 2015, four who played professionally overseas, and four who were named to the National Team in Australia and the United States for the 2016 Olympic Games and 2016 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Hudson spent 2002 to 2015 serving as the director of the Pride Soccer Club in Colorado Springs. She was the head coach of the Pride Predator teams and won 11 state championships, one regional crown, and helped the Pride Predators 99 team advance to the national semifinals in 2014. She oversaw the implementation of the college placement program beginning in 2010 that educated Pride Soccer Club athletes and parents on the collegiate recruiting process.
A solid player in her own right, Hudson played on the Wales National Team and was at one point the youngest international player on the squad at the age of 16. She earned three caps on the senior level at the European Championships from 1997 to 1999, and she made 10 appearances at the UEFA Championships as a captain for the U19 squad. Hudson captured five senior league championships, three league cups and the Welsh Cup for Newport County Ladies squad from 1995-2000.
Hudson earned her bachelor’s in Sports Coaching Science, majoring in sport psychology from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2002. She’s graduated with her master’s degree in sports coaching from the University of Denver in May of 2020. She holds her U.S. Soccer Federation B License, and the UEFA C License and Goalkeepers Award.