Joe Cudd graduated from River Falls High School in 1998 and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration – Real Estate and Urban Land Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2003. He earned his Mathematics teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2012
Joe played football and wrestled for the Wildcats, earning captain honors in both sports during his senior year. Cudd was a member of wrestling teams winning 4BRC Championships, 4 Regional Championships, 3 Sectional Championships and State Runners-Up in 1996 and 1997. Cudd won two individual state titles in wrestling during his junior and senior years and qualified for the state tournament as a sophomore. During his junior and senior seasons, Cudd compiled a record of 82-1. He was named MVP his junior year as numerous dual meets came down to the outcome of his match.
In his football career at River Falls High School as an offensive and defensive lineman, Cudd was Most Valuable Defensive Player twice, 2nd Team All-Conference as a Junior, Most Valuable Player, 1st Team All-Conference (Offense and Defense), All-State (Defense) and Shrine Bowl Team Member as a senior.
Cudd’s academic honors during high school include: honor roll all 4 years, Northwest Wisconsin Academic Wrestling Honors, Wildcat Wrestling Academic Award, Cross Face Magazine All State Academic Team Award and a WIAA Scholar Athlete nomination.
Cudd attended UW-Madison where he played football and wrestled. A back injury during football of his redshirt season steered Cudd to focus on wrestling during his redshirt freshman year. He was the varsity starter at heavyweight in his redshirt freshman season when another back injury forced him to end collegiate athletics. Cudd was Academic All-Big Ten during his redshirt freshman year at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Cudd moved to Colorado after earning his BBA from University of Wisconsin - Madison where he worked in the real estate industry until he chose to work for himself by starting a construction company in 2006. In 2008, Cudd moved back to River Falls to pursue his desire to become a teacher and a coach. Cudd was a coach for Victory School of Wrestling in 2008-2009 and was co-head coach of RFHS wrestling with his cousin Brady for two seasons, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Cudd took over as head coach for the 2011-2012 season. During his 3-year RFHS wrestling coaching career, he had 7 state qualifiers, an Individual state 2nd and 3rd place. Cudd was also the defensive line coach for Wildcat football in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He was a member of the River Falls Fire Department 2011-2012.
Cudd moved to Alaska after earning his Mathematics teaching certificate from UWRF in 2012. He is a math teacher, football and wrestling coach. He is an assistant wrestling coach for a program that has produced 28 individual state champions, 4 State Team titles and 2 State Team Runners-up.
Cudd lives on the Kenai Peninsula in Soldotna, Alaska with his wife Ami and son Maximus.