Hilltoppers announce Keynodo Hudson as Cornerbacks coach
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -Western Kentucky Football has hired Keynodo Hudson as Cornerbacks coach, head coach Tyson Helton announced Tuesday morning. With the addition of the 17-year coaching veteran, WKU has now filled all its full-time positions on the 2021 coaching staff.
This will not be the first time Hudson and Helton have worked together. Both coaches were on staff at USC in 2016. Hudson served as a defensive administrative assistant from 2012-2016.
Most recently, Hudson spent the last two seasons on Lovie Smith’s staff at Illinois as the program’s defensive backs coach. In 2020, the Fighting Illini tied for sixth in the Big Ten with seven interceptions in eight games. In 2019, Hudson’s first season, he helped lead Illinois to its first bowl game appearance in five years, facing Cal in the Redbox Bowl,
Prior to Illinois, Hudson was back in Conference USA, coach at Florida Atlantic as the Owls cornerbacks coach from 2017-2018. In his first season at FAU, Hudson helped the Owls finish second nationally in interceptions with a program-record 20. FAU finished the year on a 10-game win streak, including victories over North Texas in the Conference USA Championship and Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl.
During his six seasons at USC, Hudson served in an off-field role for the Trojans played an important role in USC’s recruiting, both identifying talent and dealing with prospects on campus, helping craft several top-10 recruiting classes in the process.
USC had three 10-win seasons during Hudson’s time there, including a win in the 2017 Rose Bowl over Penn State that helped the Trojans finish No. 3 in the final AP poll.
Hudson started his career at the University of Charleston (2004-08) before becoming the defensive coordinator at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. (2009-11). He played college football at Reedley College (1997-2000) before transferring to West Virginia Tech. He played his final season for the Golden Bears in 2001 and earned his degree from the school in 2004.
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