Dusty Hudock joined the Battery as a player in 1999 after spending four years with various A-League and MLS teams. Following three years at the University of Washington, the All-American signed his first professional contract with the Seattle Sounders who were in the A-League at the time.
Hudock won the A-League Championship with the Sounders in 1995 before being drafted by the Colorado Rapids in the second round of the MLS Inaugural Player Draft. Hudock spent a year in Colorado, then returned to Seattle for another season with the Sounders. The 1997 season was Hudock’s first as a regular starter in a professional league. The Phoenix Arizona native had a head-turning season that year and earned A-League Goalkeeper of the Year for his efforts.
Following the 1997 season, Hudock was loaned back to the MLS, signing with the Chicago Fire for the 1998 season. The Fire won the MLS championship that season, adding another piece of silverware to Hudock’s personal trophy cabinet. After his stint in Chicago, Hudock was drafted by the Miami Fusion in the 1999 MLS Draft. The Fusion ended up waiving Hudock, leading him to Charleston.
The goalkeeper racked up several awards and won another A-League Championship during his tenure with the Battery. Hudock is Charleston’s all-time leading goalkeeper with 130 wins, 90 shutouts, and 260 starts. He also holds the record for most appearances at the Club. During his time with the Battery Hudock earned A-League Goalkeeper of the Year (2002), Battery MVP (2002, 2003, 2004), and Battery Defender of the Year (2001, 2002).
In February of 2010, Hudock was included on the USL Top 25 of the Decade list which ranked the best and most influential players of the previous decade. The shot-stopper retired from professional soccer in 2009 and immediately jumped into an assistant coaching role alongside Head Coach Mike Anhaeuser.
Hudock helps Anhaeuser in multiple capacities, acting as the team’s first assistant coach, goalkeeper coach, and talent liaison between the Battery and its MLS affiliate Atlanta United. Hudock was a member of the coaching staffs that won the 2010 and 2012 USL Championships.
Dusty Hudock lives in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife and two kids.