Shannon Hudson, FCA Volleyball Carolinas - Foothills Club Director & Coach
Shannon Hudson has been named the ninth head volleyball coach of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Hudson comes to L-R after a distinguished 11-year run at Catawba Valley Community College, where she posted a 348-76 record and a .782 career winning percentage.
Hudson’s CVCC teams have been nationally ranked 10 out of the 11 years she coached, including being as high as
No. 3. Hudson has led the Red Hawks to six National Junior College Athletic Association national tournaments,
including a fourth-place finish in 2016 and a ninth-place finish in 2018. CVCC holds the record for most consecutive
conference wins in the NJCAA with 143 straight and Hudson led the Red Hawks to back-to-back undefeated seasons
in 2012 (35-0) and 2013 (39-0). Over the past eight seasons, Hudson has led the Red Hawks to eight consecutive
Region X regular-season championships
In 2019, her squad went 34-6 and 11-0 in conference play while advancing to the NJCAA national tournament. The
Red Hawks dominated, winning 29 of their 34 matches by a final score of 3-0 and six of her players recorded at least
134 kills on the year. CVCC ranked as high as No. 3 in 2019 and extended its in-region winning streak to 179 straight.
Hudson is a six-time NJCAA District Coach of the Year, a five-time NJCAA Region X Coach of the Year and is the
2018 American Volleyball Coaches Association two-year East/Southeast Region Coach of the Year. Hudson is
currently the winningest women’s volleyball coach in school history and the winningest coach in any athletic program
On top of the team’s success, Hudson helped multiple players achieve individual accolades. In her career, Hudson has
coached 39 all-region players, eight Region X Players of the Year and six NJCAA All-Americans. Most recently,
sophomore Emma Clark became the first player in program history to earn two First Team All-American honors.
On top of her work at CVCC, Hudson also serves as the director of the newly established Fellowship of Christian
Athletes Foothills Volleyball Club and coaches an Under-16 team.
Hudson graduated from Gardner-Webb in 2001 with a bachelor’s in business administration. As a sophomore, her
team won the South Atlantic Conference championship during the program’s final year as a member of the league
before making the transition to Division I. Hudson is married with three children.