Kevin Hudson was named the fourth head coach in the program's history on Jan. 9, 2015. Hudson spent seven seasons as an assistant coach and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2014 season after returning to the Hilltop in 2007.
During Hudson's ten years on the Hilltop, the Mustangs have reached the NCAA Tournament on six occasions, advancing as far as the Elite Eight in 2010. In 2010 and 2012, SMU earned the Conference USA regular season title, and in 2011 the squad won the tournament championship.
In his first year as head coach, Hudson's team claimed the 2015 American Athletic Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Hudson and his coaching staff were named the 2015 AAC Coaching Staff of the Year. The Mustangs have amassed a 120-66-24 (.629) record during Hudson's tenure including a 38-15-6 (.695) record as head coach.
In 2017, Hudson led the Mustangs to win both the American Athletic Conference regular season title and the conference tournament title, the first sweep in conference history. His staff was named 2017 Coaching Staff of the Year by the AAC. SMU made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in Hudson’s young head coaching career.
On the field, Hudson has helped mentor five NSCAA All-America selections, as well as 19 All-Region honorees. At the conference level, three student-athletes have been selected as Player of the Year and 27 have been recognized as all-conference competitors.
In three seasons as head coach, Hudson has coached a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and NSCAA All-American First Team member, the 2015 AAC Offensive Player of the Year, two AAC Midfielders of the Year, the 2017 AAC Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time AAC Goalkeeper of the Year and the 2016 AAC Rookie of the Year.
In the classroom, there has been an NSCAA Scholar-Athlete All-America selection, four CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees, 11 CoSIDA All-District selections, 13 C-USA Academic Medal recipients, and 48 all-conference academic team award winners during Hudson’s ten years on the Hilltop. The Mustangs were also awarded the 2014-15 and 2015-16 AAC Team Academic Excellence Award for the highest team GPA in the conference.
Hudson was a standout student-athlete with the Mustangs from 2000-03 and was a member of SMU's 2000 College Cup team. In 2003, Hudson was an NSCAA/adidas All-Midwest Region First Team selection, as well as an All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team honoree. During his senior season, he was named to CollegeSoccerNews.com's National Team of the Week on two occasions, and he was also selected as the MVC Tournament MVP that same season. Hudson was selected as the 44th pick by DC United in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
For his efforts in the classroom, Hudson received CoSIDA Academic All-America First-Team honors, and was twice named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete squad. He also earned the MVC President's Academic Excellence award in 2001.
Hudson graduated magna cum laude from SMU with a bachelor's degree in business administration (finance) and a bachelor's degree in psychology in May, 2004. Upon graduation, Hudson worked for Ernst & Young, LLP, as a senior auditor and transaction advisory specialist. Hudson graduated from University of Notre Dame magna cum laude with a master's degree in the science of accountancy (MSA) in August, 2005.
He holds a USSF A coaching license.
Hudson and his wife, Christina, live in Dallas.