Litzenberger, Hudson Assume New Duties on UO Men's Basketball Staff
July 10, 2001
'I am excited to announce the addition of Fred Litzenberger to our staff,' said Kent. 'By bringing Fred on board, we were able to create the new position of director of basketball operations that Mark Husdon will be taking over. I have known Litz since 1987 and because of our friendship and working with him in the past, he is familiar with our system and our terminology and I anticipate a very easy transition.
'Mark Husdon is taking over a position that is very important because he will be involved with every aspect of running the basketball program on a daily basis. Mark's experience and knowledge will allow him to expand the role of this position and continue the growth of our program.'
Litzenberger, who spent the past six years as an assistant for the Duck women, is the most experienced coach on staff. He has appeared in 16 NCAA tournaments during his 35-year coaching career.
The Longmont, Colo., native is a highly regarded defensive tactician who helped coach the Ducks to their last six NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. His defensive schemes were among the toughest in the nation to crack, as Oregon led the Pac-10 in scoring defense three times under his direction (1995-96/59.2 ppg, 1996-97/59.7 ppg, 1998-99/59.2 ppg) and twice led the league in field goal percentage defense (1998-99/.364, 2000-01/.394).
'Litz' came to Oregon following several stops as a men's head and assistant coach. He was the head men's coach at Western State College in Colorado (1994-95) and associate men's head coach at Northwestern State (1993-94). His collegiate coaching resume also includes a two-year stint as an assistant at Miami, Fla. (1991-93) under Leonard Hamilton, four seasons at Colorado State (1987-91), two at Eastern Washington (1985-87), and five at Fresno State (1980-85). He began his coaching career as the head boys coach at Middle Park High School at Granby, Colo., in 1969.
It was during his stay at Colorado State where he first crossed paths with Ducks' head coach Ernie Kent, when the two were both assistants for the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons under legendary coach Boyd Grant. The two helped guide the Rams to postseason bids in 1988 (NIT, advancing to the semifinals) and 1989, when Colorado State advanced to the NCAA Tournament after winning the Western Athletic Conference championship.
Earning an undergraduate degree in physical education (1968) as well as a master's (1980) from Northern Colorado, the three-year letterman broke into the collegiate coaching ranks as an assistant at his alma mater in 1967-68. In addition to his numerous trips to the NCAA Tournament, Litzenberger's career features a head-coaching ledger of 194-62, 12 20-win seasons, five conference championships and a trio of National Invitation Tournament appearances including an NIT title with Fresno State in 1983. In addition, his four-year stint as head coach at Hamline (Minn.) University (1975-79) included a trip to the NCAA Division III Final Four in 1977.
'Fred brings a wealth of knowledge to our team,' said Kent. 'With his basketball I.Q, he will certainly enhance our program and help our program to continue to grow and in turn, this new challenge will allow Fred to grow as a coach.'
Hudson, a Kent assistant for the last four seasons, takes on the new challenge of director of basketball operations, though many of his duties will remain the same as the past four years. He will work directly with Kent regarding all aspects of running the Oregon basketball program.
Hudson, 32, began his association with Kent as the restricted earnings coach at Saint Mary's during the 1996-97 season. In addition to his coaching duties at the Moraga, Calif., school, Hudson's responsibilities included film/video exchange, summer camps, team travel and monitoring the academic progress of the basketball team.
Prior to his hiring at Saint Mary's, Hudson was an assistant coach for two seasons at Solano Community College in Suisun City, Calif. His primary responsibilities at SCC revolved around post player development, opponent scouting, evaluating and recruiting high school student-athletes, and designing the team's media guides and game programs.
As an assistant coach at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Ill., a position he held from May 1992 through August 1994, Hudson worked as the assistant director of the school's summer basketball camp and the Summer High School Basketball League in 1992 and 1993.
The Nitro, W.Va., native earned a degree in history from Northwestern in 1992 and was the program assistant/team manager for the Wildcats for two seasons. As a member of the Northwestern program, he assisted the coaching staff with on-campus recruiting, directed the team film/video exchange program and supervised a seven-person managerial staff. Hudson then went on to earn his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Loyola of Chicago in 1994.