|Other Position:||Offensive Line Coach|
A 23-year coaching veteran, Allen Rudolph is entering his third season in 2018 as the Red Wolves' offensive line coach.
His first season with the Red Wolves saw the squad post an 8-5 record, win a Sun Belt Conference championship with a 7-1 record and defeat UCF 31-13 in the Cure Bowl. A-State followed in 2017 by winning seven games and making another appearance in a bowl game, playing Middle Tennessee in the Cure Bowl.
Most recently, Rudolph coached an offensive line in 2017 that helped the Red Wolves rank fifth in the nation in passing offense (342.2 ypg), 10th in total offense (494.8 ypg) and 13th in scoring offense (37.8 ppg). A-State’s average total offense was also a school record, while its 454 points scored tied the fourth most in school history.
Rudolph developed First Team All-Sun Belt conference selection Lanard Bonner at tackle, as well as redshirt freshman and honorable mention all-conference choice Jacob Still at center. The two players were part of Rudolph’s offensive line unit that helped produce over 400 yards total offense in 10 of 12 games, including a school and Sun Belt Conference-record 781 yards in a victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
The 2016 offensive line paved the way for 4,932 yards total offense that is the seventh most in school history. Led by two offensive linemen earning All-Sun Belt honors, the Red Wolves recorded over 300 yards total offense in 10 outings, more than 400 in five contests and at least 500 in two outings. The offensive line helped the squad record a season-high 525 yards in the Sun Belt opener, a 27-26 win over Georgia Southern.
Under Rudolph’s direction, senior offensive linemen Jemar Clark and Colton Jackson were both named all-conference as first and second team selections, respectively.
Rudolph came to Arkansas State after spending the previous three seasons as the offensive line coach for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Hamilton Tiger-Cats. His time with Hamilton saw him help lead the team to the playoffs every year, including appearances in the 2013 and 2014 Grey Cup.
Prior to joining the Tiger-Cats, Rudolph spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach at Northwestern State after stints at Southeastern Louisiana (2007-11), Samford (2005-06), East Mississippi Community College (2004), Louisiana-Monroe (2002-03), Mississippi College (2000-01), Copiah-Lincoln Community College (1999) and Nicholls State (1995-98). In addition to serving as the offensive line coach at all his collegiate stops, he also acted as the offensive coordinator his last two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana, his two years at Samford and his only season at Copiah-Lincoln.
His lone season at Northwestern State saw the Demons rush for 2,115 yards, which were the program’s most in 20 years. Additionally, Northwestern State posted its most yards total offense (4,475) and touchdowns (44) since the 2009 season.
Rudolph was a member of the Southeastern Louisiana coaching staff the previous five years, including the 2010 and 2011 seasons as Lions offensive coordinator. The Lions enjoyed two of their most productive seasons in school history, averaging 402 yards (ranked fourth all-time) and 29 points per game in 2011. The Lions’ passing yards (3,170) and total offense (4,420) both ranked third all-time at SLU.
His first season directing the Southeastern offense, Rudolph guided the Lions to their sixth-best mark in average total offense (364 ypg), while totaling 4,000 yards total offense. He coached two players during his time at SLU who went on to NFL careers, including offensive tackle Kevin Hughes and wide receiver Brandon Collins.
Prior to his arrival in Hammond, Rudolph spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Samford. He joined the Samford staff after coaching the offensive line one year at East Mississippi Community College and the same position group at Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana-Monroe in 2002 and 2003. While with the Warhawks, he tutored 2003 Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection Bruce Hampton.
Rudolph spent two seasons (2000-01) at Mississippi College before moving west along I-20 to Monroe. In addition to his duties as the Choctaws’ offensive line coach, Rudolph also served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. He was also was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in 1999 before his stint at Mississippi College.
Rudolph got his start at Nicholls State, where he coached from 1995-98. In his first three seasons with the Colonels, he coached the tight ends and tackles before switching duties to running backs and tight ends, as well as coordinating the special teams in his final two seasons.
He was a four-year letterman at Nicholls (1989-93) and served as the team’s starting center for three seasons. He was one of the Colonels’ team captains in his junior and senior campaigns. A Jackson County, Miss., native, Rudolph earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies from Southern Mississippi in 1995.
Rudolph and his wife, Nicole, have two daughters, 16-year old Abbey, who is a junior cheerleader at Jonesboro High School, and McKenzie, a seventh grade cheerleader at Annie Camp Junior High School.