Tulsa Hurricane

TU Alumnus Tommy Hudspeth Returns to Hurricane

Tommy Hudspeth rejoins The University of Tulsa to assist in the area of development and fundraising for TU athletics.

Jan. 16, 2006

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Director of Athletics Lawrence (Bubba) Cunningham announced today that former TU football standout and NFL Head Coach Tommy Hudspeth will rejoin the University to assist in the area of development and fundraising for TU athletics.

Hudspeth will be responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of Golden Hurricane Club level donors and prospects for TU athletics.

A 1953 graduate of Tulsa, Hudspeth has remained involved with the University over the years. He previously coached football at Tulsa in the late 1950s and served as the executive director of the Hurricane Club from November 1989 thru July 1993. He has also worked with the Hurricane Club and Lettermen's Association in a volunteer capacity. Hudspeth was inducted into The University of Tulsa's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994, and for the last three years has served as chairman of the Hall of Fame committee.

"We are excited that Tommy will join our athletic development and fundraising team under the leadership of Hank Pellegrini in the Office of Institutional Advancement," said Cunningham. "His extensive athletic background and knowledge of TU will be a valuable asset as we facilitate the needs of our donors and cultivate new prospects."

Hudspeth earned his bachelor's degree in education while playing defensive back for the Golden Hurricane. He was a three-year starter and served as tri-captain his senior season. Hudspeth was a member of the 1952 team that compiled an 8-2-1 record and played in the Gator Bowl.

Upon graduation, Hudspeth began his coaching career on the prep level in Oklahoma and in 1957 rejoined TU as an assistant coach. From Tulsa, he went on to coach three years for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Hudspeth became the head football coach at Brigham Young University in 1964 and was there for eight seasons before moving to UTEP as the head football coach and assistant athletics director in 1972. After that, he spent the 1974 season with the Chicago Fire of the World Football League and moved to the NFL's Detroit Lions a year later to become the Player Personnel Director. Hudspeth became the Lions' head coach in 1977, a position he held for two seasons. He later served as General Manager and Head Coach for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

He and his wife, Ruth Ann, have three adult children: Max, Phil and Melissa.

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