Jason Hudson will begin his second season at the helm of the Cleveland State cross country team during the 2019 campaign, leading a team that features nine returning letterwinners and four incoming freshmen.
During Hudson’s first year with the Vikings, Cleveland State set program records on both the 5K and 6K courses, paced by sophomore Anna Brandt who became the first Viking all-time to earn back-to-back First Team All-Horizon League accolades.
Hudson came to Cleveland State prior to the 2018 season with over 20 years of coaching experience, including stops at Oberlin High School, Oberlin College, College of Wooster and Case Western Reserve.
Hudson spent 12 seasons on the coaching staff at Oberlin College, working in a multitude of roles with both the cross country and track and field teams. During his time at Oberlin, Hudson mentored hundreds of All-Conference performers and over 40 conference champions, while also having a handful of student-athletes qualify for nationals and earn All-America honors.
In addition, Hudson helped Oberlin capture seven North Coast Athletic Conference titles in women’s cross country, while making six appearances in the NCAA Championship.
Hudson got his start in coaching at the College of Wooster where he was the assistant track and field and cross country coach, before serving a stint at Case Western Reserve as the head women’s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach.
Hudson has also been involved with other aspects of university life, serving as the Director of Wellness and Director of Student-Athlete Services – both of which came at Oberlin College.
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Hudson was a four-year letterwinner at the College of Wooster in cross country and track and field, earning All-Conference honors on three occasions. During his time with the Fighting Scots, Hudson was part of a conference champion 4x400 relay team, set a school record in the 3200 relay, and was part of a conference champion cross country team.
Hudson graduated from Wooster with a bachelor of arts in psychology and later earned a master of education in community counseling from Kent State University.