WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced today that Mikaela Hudson is the new full-time head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs as announced by Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock. Hudson begins her new duties as a full-time coach immediately.
“Mikaela has demonstrated during her time here at Gallaudet that she is committed to our student-athletes and the cross country and track and field programs,” said Weinstock. “Her duties now as a full-time head coach will only improve the success of our teams on and off the field of play. She will be available more to meet with her student-athletes to monitor their academics. Plus, she will have the ability to recruit year round which will help with bringing new students to Gallaudet and keeping them here.”
Hudson is a graduate of Gallaudet, class of 2010, where she earned her bachelor’s in American Sign Language. She will complete her master’s degree in Sign Language Teaching from Gallaudet this summer.
Hudson, 27, is no stranger to Gallaudet athletics as she served as a part-time head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs last spring through this fall. Prior to being elevated to the head coach position in October 2010 she served as an assistant coach with the cross country program in 2009 and was an assistant coach with the track and field program in 2010.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Gallaudet’s cross country and track and field program now in a full-time capacity,” said Hudson. “I look forward to continuing to build competitive programs at the conference and national levels and improve the overall future success of our student-athletes.”
In her first season as the men’s and women’s track and field coach with Gallaudet last spring she helped sophomore jumper Darius Flowers (Birmingham, Ala.) finish sixth overall at the 2011 NCAA Division III outdoor championships in the triple jump where he earned All-American honors. This past fall she guided the Bison cross country teams in their first season in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) where the women's and men's teams placed 8th and 10th overall, respectively, at the conference championships.
Prior to attending Gallaudet as a student and assistant coach she was a professional fire fighter for five years with Howard County Fire and Rescue – Banneker Station (Station 7). As a firefighter she performed Fire Safety Programs at the Columbia campus of the Maryland School for the Deaf. Hudson also worked as a model for Under Armour for five years.
The Tucson, Ariz., native attended Tucson High Magnet School where she used to tutor and offer academic support at the Tucson campus of the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. This is where Hudson began to learn ASL. Hudson was also a standout cross country and track and field athlete all four years of high school.
Hudson is married to Crystal Hudson and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
If you are interested in participating in Gallaudet’s cross country and track and field teams please e-mail Coach Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the first time this fall there will be a cross country training camp prior to school starting to help prepare the men’s and women’s teams for fall competition.