John Hudson ('60)
Cross Country - Track & Field
John Hudson, a physical education-health major at UD, was a seven time Iowa Conference champion in cross country and track. A four-year letter winner in track and cross country, Hudson was captain of the track team in 1960.
Hudson, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, displayed his running prowess even before his days at the University of Dubuque. In 1954 he won the Northern Ireland and All-Ireland Junior Cross Country Championships. He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and accepted a scholarship to UD in 1956.
Hudson finished in fourth place at the 1959 Iowa Conference Championships in which the Spartans swept the top five places for a perfect score of 15. UD would place second at the AAU Midwest Championships and sixth at the NAIA National Championships while going undefeated in dual meets. In Track, Hudson won the 1-mile and 2-mile run at the 1959 IIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Following graduation he returned to Toronto where he continued his involvement in track and field as a coach. He started his own track club in 1963 and by 1968, it was the premier club in Canada winning the National Junior team championship and producing 15 individual event champions. Four of those athletes went on to represent Canada in the 1972 Olympic Games. Hudson was appointed coach for Canada's national Track & Field team for 1968 and 1969. He was also coach for the America's team (USA, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America) in 1969 that competed against Europe.
In 1963, Hudson co-founded and organized (from 1963-1971) a major indoor track meet in Toronto which was named the best meet on the North American indoor circuit by Track & Field news.
Hudson capped his career in athletics by working as a television commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) from 1969-1975, including coverage of Olympic, Pan American and Commonwealth Games.
In 1971, Hudson was appointed Executive Director of the Coaching Association of Canada. Four years later, he joined the CBC as an Executive Producer for 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and later in 1976 was appointed Head of Television Sports for CBC.
In 1979, Hudson joined Labatt Breweries of Canada where he was involved in developing a plan for Canada's first cable sports network, TSN (Canada's version of ESPN).
Hudson left Labatt in 1992 to open his own television production and sport consulting business. Hudson's clientele included the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos, and the Ottawa Senators, in addition to the three major TV networks in Canada - CBC, CTV, and TSN.
Hudson retired from the business world at the end of 2001 and since that time he and his wife have owned and operated a bed and breakfast in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.