Veterans Vincent White and Ron Hudson have been hired as assistants on the staff of Lobos football coach Mike Locksley, UNM announced Tuesday.
White, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Southeast Missouri State, will coach running backs at New Mexico.
Hudson, assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Louisiana (formerly Louisiana-Lafayette), will work with centers and offensive guards at UNM.
Hudson has spent 19 years in the college coaching ranks. White has worked in the profession for 24 years, including a stint as a head coach at St. Mary’s (Calif.).
“Both are veteran guys that have been in it for 20-something years,” Locksley told the Journal. “So, we’ve upgraded with some experience with both of these hires.”
White replaces Darrell Dickey as running backs coach. Hudson replaces Mike Degory as interior offensive line coach. Degory and Dickey, who also was UNM’s offensive coordinator, parted ways with Locksley after the past season.
The Lobos have gone 1-11 two consecutive years under Locksley.
Locksley noted that both new UNM coaches have worked in Texas, where the Lobos recruit heavily. Hudson was an assistant at Texas A&M-Kingsville before coming to Louisiana and also worked at UTEP; White coached at Southern Methodist in 1995-96.
At Southeast Missouri State, working for former New Mexico State coach Tony Samuel, White helped the Redhawks win the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference title with a 9-3 record.
Southeast Missouri State ranked third in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision with 265 yards rushing per game.
Louisiana went 2-10 this season but, from 2005-07, ranked seventh, 11th and seventh nationally in rushing with Hudson as offensive coordinator.
Locksley still must replace Dickey as offensive coordinator and Matt Wells as wide receivers coach; he also must hire a special-teams coordinator or appoint one from within his existing staff; Toby Neinas, who handled that job the past two seasons, will concentrate on coaching linebackers next fall.
Those vacancies could be filled as early as next week after the American Football Coaches Association Convention in Dallas, Locksley said, or as late as after signing day Feb. 2.
“I’m not in a rush,” he said. “I feel good about the guys (White and Hudson) we’re adding here, which gives us the full amount we can put on the road to recruit, which is seven.”
Locksley said he is considering several candidates for the offensive coordinator’s job, including UNM quarterbacks coach David Reaves, and expects to interview “a couple more.”
Regardless, Locksley said, UNM will continue to run the spread offense he brought with him from Illinois, where he was offensive coordinator.