COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hudson Bates is joining the Ohio State men’s volleyball staff, named the program’s associate head coach on Wednesday (June 12).
“Hudson checks all the boxes with what we were looking for,” Kevin Burch, head coach, said. “He brings unique experience and perspective to a staff and program that is excited to learn and grow.”
Bates comes to Columbus with eight seasons of collegiate coaching experience and a nearly decade-long professional playing career both in the gym and most recently on the beach. He spent the past two seasons on staff for the University of Virginia women’s team after starting a men’s program at Marymount University (Arlington, Va.) in 2013. As Saints head coach, Bates lifted Marymount from its inaugural season to conference champions and a top-10 national ranking (D-III) in just four years. The title-clinching 2017 season included Mitch Lush (current Ohio State director of operations) on board as top assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at Marymount.
Bates shares a connection with current Ohio State assistant coach Luke Maloney as well, college teammates while competing for George Mason University.
FLUSH WITH FAMILIARITY
2007-08 | Bates and Maloney were collegiate teammates at George Mason
2015 | Maloney served as Ohio State women’s volleyball director of operations
2016 | Lush was Ohio State’s team manager as a senior for the 2016 NCAA National Championship run
2017 | Lush worked as an assistant coach in 2017 during Bates’ head coaching tenure at Marymount
2019 | Maloney and Lush were members of the Ohio State men’s volleyball staff (Maloney as volunteer coach)
Bates retired from the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in 2016 after a nine-year stretch in the sand. He was a member of the 2010 U.S. National Beach Team and donned the Stars & Stripes representing Team USA in multiple international FIVB tournaments over the years. Indoors, Bates trained with the U.S. National Team from 2008-10 and competed professionally in the Puerto Rico Superior League and Qatar National League from 2008-12.
“The success that Hudson has experienced as a player on the beach, indoors and as a head coach did not come by accident. His work ethic, knowledge of the game and ability to communicate is exceptional and we are excited to see the positive impact Hudson will have on the program.”
Bates has a long history of USA Volleyball coaching as well (involved since 2007). He’ll continue his role as Boys High Performance Coach for Team USA, a position he’s held since 2011.