SPC Honors Coach William Allen Hudgins with Legacy Day event on Aug. 18

August 15, 2022

SPC Marketing & Strategic Communications

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(NOTE: William Allen Hudgins was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.)

The William Allen Hudgins Health and Wellness Building ribbon cutting is scheduled for Aug. 18, part of Legacy Day. It was named in 2022 to honor the late Coach Hudgins, longtime basketball coach.

The two-story gymnasium and natatorium will include an elevated track, short course swimming pool, therapy pool, weight and cardio training spaces, aerobic studio, a cardio studio, teaching labs for kinesiology, first aid/ CPR, massage therapy, gathering spaces and staff offices. It was partially funded by the Department of Education Federal Funds under Title III, Parts B&F.

The 57,000-square-foot building replaces the existing college fitness center built in 1949. It was named to honor the late William Allen Hudgins, longtime basketball coach and dean of students.

William Allen Hudgins was born to John and Artie Hudgins in Mathews County, Virginia on May 9,1917.

He attended George P. Phenix High School, a feeder school to Hampton Institute. He excelled in academics and athletics. He was offered an athletic scholarship to Virginia State University, but opted to take a work-study scholarship at Hampton Institute in 1935.

At Hampton Institute, now Hampton University – one of our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) -- Hudgins earned letters in football, basketball and track, earning the moniker, “3-Letter Man.” He graduated in 1940.

He took a job in Baltimore as a high school basketball coach, while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became a Tuskegee Airman trainer. He later applied to Officer's Candidate School (OCS) and moved to San Antonio.

He married Vernis Ilene Martin, a Hampton Institute student,
in 1945. From their union, they had two children, Patricia Ann and William Allen Jr.

Coach Hudgins worked as both a track and field and assistant football coach for Bishop College from 1948 to 1949.

In 1949, he was offered a job at St. Philip's College by Miss Artemisia Bowden, who promised that one day, the college would have a swimming pool.

Coach Hudgins was a much-loved college basketball coach for 18 years. Over his career at SPC, he served as coach, instructor, department chair, and dean of students. He retired in 1982.

He also served the community by teaching more than 3,000 African American children to swim, including our own Dr. Sharon Crockett-Ray.

He was a longtime member of Second Baptist Church, a life member of the NAACP, a founding member of the Courtiers, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of the Hampton University Alumni Association.

In January 2011, he was inducted into the Hampton University Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away on June 13, 2011.

It is my honor to pay tribute from one coach to another to William Allen Hudgins for his impact on St. Philip’s College athletes and students.

William Allen Hudgins, II will speak on behalf of the Hudgins family, followed by a cornerstone ceremony by Bexar County area masonic lodges. 

Legacy Day Events:

Oak Tree Dedication in Honor of Col. Roy W. Burley, 7:30 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting for Saint Artemisia Bowden Building, 8 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting for Clarence W. Norris Building, 9 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting for William A. Hudgins Health and Wellness Building, 10 a.m.
Unveiling of Saint Philips Way, 11:15 a.m.
Ribbon Cutting for Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Building, 11:30 a.m.

For more information about Legacy Day, visit alamo.edu/spc/legacy-day.

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