GJ Hudgens was announced as the new men’s and women’s cross country head coach in May of 2018, and is in his first season
Hudgens has been a mid-distance and sprint coach for nine years. He has coached junior high and high school teams in Nashville, Tenn., to compete on a state level and led others to compete at national meets in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and USA Track & Field association (USATF).
Most recently, Hudgens has been assistant track coach at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Ga., while also serving as a USATF Certified Head Coach at Talon Track.
Prior to his time in Atlanta, Hudgens was an assistant track coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Brentwood, Tenn. Since 2009, he has been private coach, specializing in sprint, middle distance running, distance running, and general fitness for athletes 13 and up.
He competed at Alabama for two years, earning Academic All-American Honors in 2007. Hudgens graduated in 2013 from Watkins College of Art, Design and Film with a degree in Film and Writing.
A former record-holder in the 800-meter at Vanderbilt’s Great 8 Track Meet in 2005, and the 2005 and 2006 TSSAA 800-meter state champion, Hudgens was trained by former Olympic Decathlete Gary Kinder.