Gord Hudson was born and raised in Ottawa and is the proud father of 3 amazing children. Although Gord has played various sports, his passion has always been football.
From his beginnings as a member of the Bel-Air Copeland Lions in his younger days to High School football Power Laurentian, football was in his blood. When he eventually moved up to the junior ranks, he played 2 solid seasons with his hometown Ottawa Sooners where the team appeared in the National Championship 4 years straight, winning it all in 1984. Gord finished his playing career with the Ottawa Bootleggers’ Semi-Pro team, playing for a North American Championship in 1989.
For soon-to-be Coach Hudson, his football story did not end there. After obtaining his Level 2 coaching certification, he obtained a position as a Receivers and Running Back coach at Sir Robert Borden High School, under his mentor and former CFL and current CIS coach, Marcel Bellefeuille.
That stint led him to a position back with the Ottawa Sooners midget program in 1996. Coach Hudson also coached with the University of Ottawa for 6 years, winning the National Championship in 2000.
Coach Hudson was also fortunate through his relationship with Mr. Bellefeuille to work with the Montreal Alouettes at the Main Camp with the Receivers Group from 1998-1999.
With his Graduate Degree in Psychology, Hudson maintains relationships in the community, working at the Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre. Hudson works in the Addictions Treatments Division, working daily with men who suffer from addictions and mental health issues.
Hudson has a strong attachment to the rich history of the Sooners – he was part of the team that went to three straight national championships (with a 44-3 record), winning in 1984.
“I had to know Kevin was going to do it properly; if not, I wasn’t getting on board,” said Hudson. “I want to see the Sooners get back to where they were – a powerhouse in the CJFL, where they were respected in the community. They had lost a lot of that.
Ling would also like to see a closer relationship with the team’s alumni: “You know the phrase, ‘Once a Sooner, always a Sooner.’ I’m very proud now to be part of it. I want to be able to recognize those people that brought us here.”
As the new owner of the Ottawa Sooners, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has reached out with words of support for the team and expressed their excitement and where we are headed for 2022.
As a former player, I am fully committed to returning Sooners football to Ottawa and creating a winning environment centered around player skills training and position-specific development.
Our coaches and support staff will ensure that we provide our players with the right mentorship and exposure to guide them on their future educational and football paths.
I feel we have a responsibility to our Sooner family to do whatever is necessary to put our young men in the best position to achieve championship success.
So that is why I am excited to announce that along with our return to the field for the Ottawa Sooners Junior team in the OFC, we have recently submitted our application to field a Senior Varsity Team in the Ontario Summer Football League spring 2022.
With the growing response from parents and players, we are anxiously awaiting the green light from the league. Still, we encourage you to continue to support this initiative as we move forward.
We have already begun to assemble top-level coaching staff with former Professional and CIS level experience that, once announced, will cement our standing as a force to be reckoned with.
I am excited about what is ahead and will continue to keep you updated as we move forward.
Team President, General Manager
Ottawa Sooners Football Club