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Southside Selma Panthers

 Arlton Hudson 

Arlton Hudson, a native of Evergreen and a graduate of Evergreen High School received his degree from Auburn University.

His first head coaching position came in 1989 at Southside High School in Selma. He led the Panthers to a 19-13 record in three seasons and a couple of playoff appearances. In 1993 he moved to Florala for the next seven seasons.

At Florala his last Wildcat team, in 1998, finished the season with an 11-1 record after a perfect 10-0 regular season. He left Florala for Hillcrest High School in Evergreen in the fall of 1999 where he remained for another seven seasons.

He returned to Florala for two years and a 14-9 slate with two more playoff teams. In 2008, Coach Hudson retired from public education in Alabama after 28 years of service as an assistant and head coach.

Coach Hudson landed at Gautier High School in Mississippi for the 2008 season. His teams went 19-25 in four seasons with the Gators, including playoff berths in 2008 and 2009. But Gautier went just 7-15 and failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons, including a 2-9 mark in 2011.

In 2012 he returned to his native Alabama and accepted the head coaching position at Coosa Valley Academy in Harpersville where he remained through the 2013 season. He also served as the athletic director.

His overall coaching record in 20 seasons as a head football coach is 118-99. Twelve of his teams qualified for the playoffs.

Alabama Record:  126-111-0   53.2%
Other States Record:  19-26-0   42.2%
Overall High School Record:  145-137-0   51.4%
 Season Total   Playoffs   Region Record 
 Team   Season  Class   W/L/T   PF  PA   W/L/T  PF  PA   Region  Title  W/L/T   PF  PA 
Sparta Academy
Sparta Academy2020 AISA-A6-42941571-17055R23-212657
Sparta Academy2019 AISA-A2-7126297R10-432186
 2 Years8-114204541-170553-6158243
Coosa Valley Academy
Coosa Valley Academy2013 AISA-AA6-63953370-11437R14-2216144
Coosa Valley Academy2012 AISA-AA4-7235343R12-4132195
 2 Years10-136306800-114376-6348339
Florala2007 1A9-34213571-16268R26-1260203
Florala2006 1A5-62332550-1042R24-3191172
 2 Years14-96546121-26211010-4451375
Hillcrest Evergreen
Hillcrest Evergreen2005 4A2-8162326R11-688276
Hillcrest Evergreen2004 4A5-5160171R13-482146
Hillcrest Evergreen2003 4A5-5190189R14-3170140
Hillcrest Evergreen2002 4A6-51781950-11842R14-3106120
Hillcrest Evergreen2001 5A4-71502330-1845R23-390111
Hillcrest Evergreen2000 5A9-32772171-13469R25-114682
Hillcrest Evergreen1999 5A6-52111980-11326R3#2-18270
 7 Years37-38132815291-47318222-21764945
Florala1998 1A11-14691411-15433R4#3-015140
Florala1997 2A7-53062331-15414R3#2-18453
Florala1996 2A1-9174421R30-349123
Florala1995 2A7-2248146R31-24564
Florala1994 2A8-33181150-107R33-112761
Florala1993 2A4-6173184R31-22752
 6 Years38-26168812402-31085410-9483393
Southside Selma
Southside Selma1991 5A4-6247212R60-338113
Southside Selma1990 5A6-53131590-11620R62-18645
Southside Selma1989 4A9-33022031-14769R2#2-04735
 3 Years19-148625741-263894-4171193
 22 Years126-111558250896-1339052755-5023752488

Other States
 Season   W/L/T   Playoffs    
Gautier, Mississippi
4 Years19-261-3 
Totals Alabama and Other States
26 Years145-1377-16 

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