Mike Lude, a 1947 graduate of Hillsdale will be inducted into the Hillsdale Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday October 9 when the Chargers host Grand Valley State. Lude was a lineman from Vicksburg after serving in the Marine Corps during WWII. After graduating, he began a long and distinguished career as a leader in the NCAA.
•Hillsdale assistant football coach and head baseball coach, 1947-1949
•Assistant football coach, University of Maine, helped engineer the Wing T offense with head coach Dave Nelson, 1949-1951
•Assistant football coach, University of Delaware, 1951-1962
•Head football coach, Colorado State University, 1962-1969
•Athletic Director, Kent State University, 1970-1976
•Athletic Director, University of Washington, 1976-1991
•Athletic Director, Aubern University, 1992-1994
Last year, Lude chronicled his life in an autobiography entitled, “Walking the Line”. Visit his website to order or learn more about Mike.
Charger kicking coach Dr. John Wilson will also be inducted into the Hall on October 9. The retired history professor founded both the women’s track and cross country programs at Hillsdale.