Men's Basketball Coach, 1979-95
Ludwig guided the Bulldog men's basketball program to seven GLIAC titles in his 14 full seasons at the program's helm. He compiled a 266-172 (.607) overall record as Ferris' head coach. Ludwig served as assistant coach and interim head coach in 1979-80 and 1980-81 before permanently taking over for legendary head coach Jim Wink in the 1981-82 campaign. He led the Bulldogs to five NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, including a NCAA-II Elite Eight appearance in 1987-88. His squads won 20 or more games five times and posted a school-record 25 wins in 1987-88. Three of those 20-plus win campaigns came during a four-year stretch in which the Bulldogs captured a then league-record four-straight GLIAC Championships. Ferris went undefeated (16-0) in conference play during the 1988-89 season. Ludwig was a five-time GLIAC Coach of the Year honoree and his 1988-89 squad posted a number one national ranking. Prior to arriving at FSU, Ludwig was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois from 1966-70 and then spent four years (1970-74) as head coach at Lake Superior State where he posted an impressive 68-32 (.680) record and was voted the NAIA District 23 Coach of the Year in his second season. He also coached several years in the high school ranks at Sault Ste. Marie High School where he earned all-state honors as a prepster. He was voted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. As a collegiate player, Ludwig was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan and helped the Wolverines capture two Big 10 Conference titles and a second-place finish at the 1965 NCAA Championships.