Induction Year: 2009
Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award
Bill Hudspith was an outstanding Yellowjacket athlete who coached and educated young athletes for more than 30 years. He is inducted into the Hall of Fame as recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award, named for the university's legendary coach and athletic director.
Mr. Hudspith played varsity football under Coach Mortorelli in 1975 and 1977, but he made his mark in track and field. He was conference champion in the discus in 1979 and conference champion in discus and javelin in 1980. Those years he competed in both events at the NAIA National Track and Field Meet. He was named UW-Superior's Most Dedicated Athlete in 1980.
Mr. Hudspith began coaching high school football in 1978. Over the years he served at several high schools in northern Minnesota as assistant coach or head coach in football, hockey and track and field. Under his teaching and leadership, his teams won numerous conference and state championships.
From 1991 to 2005 Mr. Hudspith coached the men's track team at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. During that time he was named the NSIC Track and Field Coach of the Year 13 times, and his NCAA Division II teams earned 10 outdoor and 11 indoor titles.
One of Mr. Hudspith's former athletes said, "Coach Hudspith has made a lasting impression in my work and personal life, and has helped to shape the leader that I am today."