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Assistant Professor - Department of English
University of Houston - Downtown
Coach Hudson has lived in many different places, including Grand Forks, North Dakota; Red Lake Falls, Minnesota; Jochiwon, South Korea; and Champaign- Urbana, Illinois.
High School: Petoskey High School (class of ’83)
Education:
  • A.A. in Liberal Arts, North Central Michigan College, 1988. Graduated With Highest Distinction.
  • B.A. in American Studies, University of North Dakota, 1988. Graduated Cum Laude.
  • M.A. in English, University of North Dakota, 1993.
  • Ph.D. in English with Specialization in Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
 
Federation Affiliations:
World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) –
  • Served as Illinois State Chairman from 2004 to 2007.
  • Has served as Texas State Chairman since 2007.
  • Has served as National Collegiate Chairman since 2007.
  • Has served as National High School Chairman since 2009.
  • Currently a World Judge for the WABDL.
 
Coach Hudson has also competed in the United States Powerlifting Federation (USPF) and Son Light Power (SLP), and has competed and officiated in the American Powerlifting Federation (APF) / Amateur American Powerlifting Federation (AAPF). He is also a certified judge for the Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA).
 
Team Affiliations:
  • Founder and Head Coach of UHD Powerlifting, the powerlifting club of the University of Houston-Downtown, and WABDL National Collegiate Champions in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. UHD Powerlifting finished 2nd at the WABDL World Championships in 2011 and 2012, just four points out of first place each year.
  • Founding and lifetime member of Illini Powerlifting, the powerlifting club of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Team Captain of Team Illinois, back-to-back WABDL World Team Champions (2005 and 2006).
  • Founded powerlifting clubs at the University of North Dakota and Korea University – Seochang Campus.
Coach Hudson has coached 50 National Champions and 46 World Champions in his coaching career.
 
Best Bench Press: 700.8 (November 15, 2008)
Best Deadlift: 727.5 (November 12, 2004)
Best Push/Pull Total: 1379.6 (May 27, 2006)
 
Total Meet Championships: 27
Including -
  • 2 State Championships
  • 4 Regional Championships
  • 7 National Championships
  • 3 World Championships
 
Meet Performances:
  • 1985 USPF 2nd Annual Muscles for Muscles Lift-a-Thon – Charlevoix, Michigan – 2nd Place Full Power Open Division 242. 350.0 – 250.0 – 425.0 – 1025.0 – August 17, 1985
  • 1985 USPF Burke’s Body Shop Deadlift Championships – Shepherd, Michigan – 2nd Place Open Division 242 – 475.0 – September 14, 1985
  • 1985 USPF West Houghton Weightlifting Club Powerlifting Meet – Houghton, Michigan – 3rd Place Open Division 242 – 385.0 – 270.0 – 485.0 – 1140.0 – October 19, 1985.
  • 1986 USPF 1st Annual Sweat Shop Bench Press Championships – Traverse City, Michigan – 3rd Place Open Division 242 – 335.0 – March 22, 1986
  • 1986 USPF Burke’s Body Shop Bench Press & Deadlift Championships – Shepherd, Michigan – 6th Place Open Division Ironman 242 – 315.0 – 535.0 – 850.0 – May 17, 1986.
  • 1986 USPF Michigan State Championships – Shepherd, Michigan – 3rd Place Open Division 275 – 525.0 – 340.0 – 570.0 – 1435.0 – October 18, 1986.
  • 1987 USPF Michigan State Championships – Shepherd, Michigan – 1st Place Open Division 275 – 550.0 – 355.0 – 550.0 – 1455.0 – October 17, 1987.
  • 1988 USPF National Collegiate Championships – Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 5th Place 275 – 534.5 – 358.0 – 567.5 – 1460.0 – March 20, 1988.
  • 1991 USPF Power Plains Collegiate Powerlifting Championships – University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska – 2nd Place 275 – 525.0 – 350.0 – 550.0 – 1425.0 – April 13, 1991.
  • 2003 WABDL Great Lakes Regional Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Lansing, Michigan – 1st Place Class 1 Deadlift 259 – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 259 – 600.7 – August 3, 2003.
  • 2003 SLP Guy Carlton Memorial Illinois State Fair Bench Press/Deadlift Championships – Springfield, Illinois – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 275 – 615.0 – August 17, 2003.
  • 2003 SLP Fall Bench Press/Deadlift Classic – Mattoon, Illinois – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 275 – 650.0 – October 4, 2003.
  • 2003 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Las Vegas, Nevada – 1st Place Class 1 Deadlift 259 – 2nd Place Submaster Deadlift 259 – 655.7 – December 9, 2003.
  • 2004 WABDL Heart of America Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Collinsville, Illinois – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 275 – 1st Place Open Deadlift 275 – 677.7 – April 3, 2004.
  • 2004 SLP Open National Bench Press/Deadlift Championships – Tuscola, Illinois – 1st Place Submaster Bench Press 275 – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 275 – 455.0 – 625.0 – 1080.0 – April 24, 2004.
  • 2004 WABDL National Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Portland, Oregon – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 275 – 1st Place Open Deadlift 275 – 705.2 – August 21, 2004.
  • 2004 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Reno, Nevada – 2nd Place Submaster Deadlift 275 – 2nd Place Open Deadlift 275 – 727.5 – November 12, 2004.
  • 2005 APF-AAPF Windy City Ironman Championships – Niles, Illinois – 1st Place APF Submaster Ironman 275 – 529.0 – 710.7 – 1239.7 – January 8, 2005.
  • 2005 APF-AAPF Illinois State Bench Press Championships – Aurora, Illinois – 1st Place APF Submaster 308 – 562.0 – March 12, 2005.
  • 2005 APF-AAPF Chicago Summer Bash II – Willowbrook, Illinois – 1st Place APF Open Ironman 308 – 1st Place APF Submaster Ironman 308 – 600.7 – 600.7 – 1201.4 – July 9, 2005.
  • 2005 WABDL National Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Portland, Oregon – 3rd Place Open Bench Press 308 – 2nd Place Submaster Bench Press 308 – 2nd Place Open Deadlift 308 – 1st Place Submaster Deadlift 308 – 606.2 – 700.8 – 1307.0 – August 6, 2005.
  • 2005 Bench America 3 – Elgin, Illinois – did not place – missed two attempts with 639.2 – first pro meet October 1, 2005.
  • 2005 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Reno, Nevada – 2nd Place Master 40-46 Bench Press 308 – 3rd Place Open Bench Press 308 – 3rd Place Master 40-46 Deadlift 308 – 5th Place Open Deadlift 308 – 573.0 – 606.2 – 1179.2 – November 19, 2005.
  • 2006 WABDL Midwest Regional Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1st Place Open Bench Press SHW – 1st Place Master 40-46 Bench Press SHW – 1st Place Open Deadlift SHW – 1st Place Master 40-46 Deadlift SHW – 677.7 – 701.9 – 1379.6 – May 27, 2006.
  • 2006 WABDL National Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Dallas, Texas – 1st Place Open Deadlift 308 – 1st Place Master 40-46 Deadlift 308 – 650.2 – August 5, 2006.
  • 2007 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Anaheim, California – 4th Place Open Deadlift SHW – 3rd Place Master 40-46 Deadlift SHW – 655.7 – November 17, 2007.
  • 2008 WABDL Southern Regional Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Dallas, Texas – 1st Place Open Bench Press SHW – 1st Place Master 40-46 Bench Press SHW – 579.6 – August 9, 2008.
  • 2008 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Las Vegas, Nevada – 1st Place Master 40-46 Bench Press 308 – 700.8 – November 15, 2008.
  • 2009 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Reno, Nevada – 1st Place Master 40-46 / 3rd Place Open Bench Press 308 – 639.2 – October 31, 2009
 
Outstanding Lifter Awards: 9
  • 2003 WABDL Great Lakes Regional Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Lansing, Michigan – Submaster Division Deadlift – August 3, 2003.
  • 2003 SLP Fall Bench Press/Deadlift Class – Mattoon, Illinois – All Divisions Deadlift – October 3, 2003.
  • 2003 WABDL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Las Vegas, Nevada – Class 1 Division Deadlift, Heavyweights – December 9, 2003.
  • 2004 WABDL Heart of America Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Collinsville, Illinois – Submaster Division Deadlift – April 3, 2004.
  • 2005 APF-AAPF Windy City Ironman – Niles, Illinois –All Divisions Deadlift and Ironman – January 8, 2005.
  • 2005 APF-AAPF Illinois State Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Aurora, Illinois – Open and Submaster Divisions, Bench Press – March 12, 2005.
  • 2005 WABDL National Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Portland, Oregon – Submaster Deadlift – August 6, 2005.
  • 2006 WABDL Midwest Regional Bench Press and Deadlift Championships – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Master 40-46 Deadlift – May 27, 2006.
 
Records: 35 – 30 State, 4 National, 1 World
  • WABDL Illinois State Class 1 Deadlift 259 – 600.7 – August 3, 2003.
  • WABDL Illinois State Submaster Deadlift 259 – 600.7 – August 3, 2003.
  • SLP Illinois State Submaster Deadlift 275 – 615.0 – August 17, 2003.
  • SLP Illinois State Submaster Deadlift 275 – 650.0 – October 4, 2003.
  • WABDL Illinois State Class 1 Deadlift 259 – 655.7 – December 9, 2003.
  • WABDL Illinois State Submaster Deadlift 259 – 655.7 – December 9, 2003.
  • WABDL Illinois State Submaster Deadlift 275 – 677.7 – April 3, 2004.
  • WABDL Illinois State Open Deadlift 275 – 677.7 – April 3, 2004.
  • SLP National Submaster Deadlift 275 – 625.0 – April 24, 2004.
  • WABDL Illinois Submaster Deadlift 275 – 705.2 – August 21, 2004.
  • WABDL Illinois Open Deadlift 275 – 705.2 – August 21, 2004.
  • WABDL Illinois Submaster Deadlift 275 – 727.5 – November 12, 2004.
  • WABDL Illinois Open Deadlift 275 – 727.5 – November 12, 2004.
  • APF Illinois Submaster Bench Press 275 – 529.0 – January 8, 2005.
  • APF American Submaster Bench Press 275 – 529.0 – January 8, 2005.
  • APF Illinois Submaster Bench Press 308 – 562.0 – March 12, 2005.
  • APF American Submaster Bench Press 308 – 562.0 – March 12, 2005.
  • APF Illinois Submaster Bench Press 308 – 600.7 – July 9, 2005.
  • APF Illinois Open Bench Press 308 – 600.7 – July 9, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Submaster Bench Press 308 – 606.2 – August 6, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Open Bench Press 308 – 606.2 – August 6, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Submaster Deadlift 308 – 700.8 – August 6, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Open Deadlift 308 – 700.8 – August 6, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Master 40-46 Bench Press 308 – 573.0 – November 19, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Master 40-46 Deadlift 308 – 606.2 – November 19, 2005.
  • WABDL Illinois Master 40-46 Bench Press SHW – 677.7 – May 27, 2006.
  • WABDL Illinois Master 40-46 Deadlift SHW – 701.9 – May 27, 2006.
  • WABDL Illinois Open Deadlift SHW – 701.9 – May 27, 2006.
  • WABDL National Master 40-46 Deadlift SHW – 701.9 – May 27, 2006.
  • WABDL World Master 40-46 Deadlift SHW – 701.9 – May 27, 2006.
  • WABDL Illinois Master 40-46 Deadlift 308 – 650.2 – August 5, 2006.
  • WABDL Texas Master 40-46 Deadlift SHW – 655.7 – November 17, 2007.
  • WABDL Texas Master 40-46 Bench Press SHW – 579.6 – August 9, 2008.
  • WABDL Texas Master 40-46 Bench Press SHW – 700.8 – November 15, 2008.
  • WABDL Texas Open Bench Press 308 – 639.2 – October 31, 2009.
 
Other Distinctions: Coach Hudson is one of only two men in the history of the WABDL to have achieved a "Double 700": lifting 700 or more in both the bench press and the deadlift. Dave Forstner of Michigan was the first to achieve this in WABDL, followed by Coach Hudson. Several other men have achieved double 700s in WABDL in the years since, but none have passed their drug tests. Thus, Dave Forstner and Coach Hudson remain the only men in the WABDL to have successfully accomplished this lifting feat.
 
Hobbies: Powerlifting, of course, and strength sports in general. I'm also a huge fan of college football. I like my alma mater the University of Illinois Fighting Illini, of course (even though they’re not very good), but my favorite teams are the Michigan State Spartans and my other alma mater the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux, Division II National Champions in 2001 and runners-up in 2003, and now in Division IAA. Pro football, however, doesn't do much for me. My other interests include travel, genealogy, cooking, music (I play piano), and reading widely. I also love pets; I have a Cockatiel, three Parakeets, a Canary, a White-Eyed Conure, and two cats. I enjoy traveling when I can and learning languages.
 
Favorite Music: My favorite music depends on my mood. The only music I don’t like is mindless Rap and Hip-Hop.
 
Favorite Movie: I like movies that make me think, and movies that move beyond the simplistic, predictable plots of most Hollywood garbage. Some favorites are Black Robe, Jacob's Ladder, and Angel Heart. I’m also a fan of good documentaries, like Bigger, Stronger, Faster.
 
Favorite Book: My favorite writers include Edith Wharton, Joseph Conrad, Willa Cather, Frank Norris, and Jack London.
 
What does Coach Hudson like about powerlifting?
What’s not to like? Anyone can powerlift, regardless of age, size, strength, body shape, disability status, and experience. It’s truly a sport for life. It’s fun to do things that others think are impossible, and even more fun to do things that others say are impossible for me.
 
What does Coach Hudson like about UHD Powerlifting?
I love watching my lifters grow in confidence, strength, discipline, and focus. I love witnessing over and over again a new member of the team make the journey from “I can’t,” to “I can,” to “I WILL.” My lifters are my inspiration and my motivation. I get more excited seeing one of them lift a new record than I do when I lift a new record. Every day that I coach them I feel like the luckiest guy in the sport.
 
Coach Hudson’s goals in the sport:
To keep surprising people with what I can do and to keep demolishing stereotypes. More importantly, to help my lifters reach their goals. Their goals are my goals and we make the journey together.
 
Someone Coach Hudson admires: I admire my Mother. She’s one of the toughest people I’ve ever known. She’s been through a lot of trials in her life, but she always comes out on top. My Mom is a coal miner’s daughter who saw all three of her boys graduate from college, two with advanced degrees. She’s had two knee replacements and two major back surgeries . . . and she does regular weight training. She stared cancer in the eye and made it blink. Her love, her encouragement, and her confidence in me have seen me through many challenges.
 
   
     
     

 

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