Hudson comes to the Tide after serving as Athletics Director at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas since 1999.
"Wendell brings a great deal of administrative and fund raising experience," Moore said. "He will be an asset for Alabama as he works to maintain relationships with all our former athletes."
"It's been in the works for a while," said Hudson. "We've talked and visited ever since Mal (Moore) has been AD. I'm real excited about coming back to Alabama, and I'm looking forward to working with Mal. We have a good relationship. And I'm looking forward to working with the basketball team. When you feel like you have a vested interest, it makes all the difference in the world."
Hudson, who graduated from Alabama in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree, was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in the 1973-74 NBA draft. He played for the Bulls in the NBA and the ABA's Memphis Tams briefly before returning to Tuscaloosa as an assistant men's basketball coach from 1974-79. Alabama advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1976, won three straight SEC titles from 1974-76, and was ranked in the nation's top 10 for 43 of 54 weeks during its three year SEC title run.
His basketball coaching career took him to North Alabama (1979-82), Rice (1982-83), Ole Miss (1983-85) and Baylor (1985-86) before he settled into athletics administration. Starting out in a tri-role as women's basketball coach, intramural director and physical education instructor at McLennan Community College in 1986, the school made him its assistant athletics director in 1991. He was elevated to director of athletics in 1999.
He brings with him an encompassing background in athletics administration. In addition to budgets and overseeing all sports, the Birmingham native has vast experience in fund raising and has even started a program from scratch. Under his direction, McLennan started a softball program and built its softball facility. And his early days at the school found him coaching both men's and women's basketball and serving as assistant golf coach.