Chris Mudge joined head coach Jason Hooten's men's basketball coaching staff on June 1, 2010, and has helped direct the Bearkats to a 72-60 record during the past four seasons.
Last year, Mudge helped direct Sam Houston to its third post-season national tournament appearance as an NCAA Division I competitor.
The Bearkats rolled up a 24-11 record, reaching the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy and earning a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
The SHSU men's victory over Alabama State in the CIT first round was the Bearkats' first NCAA post-season win.
The Kats have earned Southland tournament berths each of the past four years. Sam Houston reached the tournament semi-finals in 2013 and the finals in 2014.
Prior to joining the Bearkat staff, Mudge served as the assistant coach at Midland College for two years, helping lead the Chaparrals to a 63-7 record and back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national top 10 rankings.
"Chris is an energetic and hard-working guy who has been with winning programs," Hooten said. "He has worked under some great head coaches."
Mudge was in charge of skill development of Chaparral guards at Midland for teams that compiled a 33-4 record and reached the national championship finals in 2009 and went 30-3 and played in the regional final in 2010.
He is a graduate of Stony Point High School in Round Rock where he was the starting point guard and led his team to a top 10 ranking in the state.
Mudge earned his bachelor's degree in marketing in 2006 at the University of Texas at Austin. He served with the Longhorn basketball team as head manager, recruiting assistant, camp coordinator and assistant video coordinator.
In the summer of 2005, Mudge was named manager of the USA National Basketball Team (Dallas and Miami, Fla.) where he assisted coaches and players in drills and scrimmages during the team trials. He also assisted in training sessions to prepare for the Global Games and other international competitions.
After receiving his bachelor's degree, Mudge was elevated to graduate assistant with the Longhorns. His responsibilities included player skill workouts, assisting the video coordinator, film exchange coordinator, producing scouting and developmental edits for the team, creating a video playbook and drills notebook for the University of Texas coaching staff.
He also supervised grad assistants and undergraduate office assistants. Mudge earned his Master's in Kinesiology from the University of Texas (3.7 GPA) in May of 2008.
"Coach Mudge works 24-7 and loves the game of basketball," Hooten said. "He will always turn over every rock and never leave a loose end untied."