by Almeda Girod
Charley Hudson was given an award for outstanding service by the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations. The honor was well earned since for 70 consecutive years, Charley has helped organize state high school championship basketball and football games and raise contributions to finance these playoffs.
It was after World War II that the state of Maryland started state championship tournaments in basketball. The award was presented to Charley between playoff games at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. He received this inaugural award while surrounded by family, including his wife, Ann, who is also a resident.
“I’ve been involved with some type of athletics since I was two years old,” said Charley. With a mother that played basketball and a semi-pro baseball player as his father, there was no question that Charley would be successful in the world of sports.
He began his athletic career at Snow Hill High School where he played baseball, basketball, and soccer. In 1939, he enrolled in Salisbury State Teachers College where he played baseball and soccer and later transferred to the University of Maryland where he played baseball. Charley had a 38- year career teaching physical education, coaching, serving as athletic director, and later as an administrator in Prince George’s County Schools.
In the 17 years of coaching sports, he never had a losing season. Charley attributes his coaching success to his reasonable demands of his team. “With everything I’ve done in my life, I never asked anybody to do something that I wouldn’t do myself,” he said.
He refereed basketball games for 36 years and umpired baseball games for 47 years at the high school, college, and military level. He continues in athletics since he is the coach of the Riderwood Softball Team.
Charley also worked in municipal government for eight years as commissioner and mayor of District Heights. He enlarged and improved the local park, which was later named the Charles L. Hudson Municipal Park. “Age is catching up with me,” Charley says. He is stepping down from the association at the age of 94.