Wednesday, May 31, 2017

KU’s Andrea Hudy earns NSCA Impact Award

Andrea Hudy turns over her shoulder to laugh with players Thomas Robinson, Niko Roberts and assistant strength and conditioning coach Glenn Cain during a workout session. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo

Andrea Hudy turns over her shoulder to laugh with players Thomas Robinson, Niko Roberts and assistant strength and conditioning coach Glenn Cain during a workout session. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo


The National Strength and Conditioning Association on Wednesday confirmed something that those connected to Kansas basketball already believed — Andrea Hudy is a treasure.

Set to begin her 14th season with the KU men’s basketball program, Hudy on Wednesday received the NSCA’s Impact Award given annually since 1997 to “an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries.”

Hudy, who has been instrumental in the success, health and overall development of the men’s basketball program since teaming up with KU coach Bill Self after a similarly successful seven-year run at Connecticut, said being recognized in this manner was an honor.

"As someone who has cultivated the craft from the influence and example of so many great coaches, researchers and mentors, it is overwhelming and humbling to be recognized with this distinction,” she said in a news release. “The University of Kansas and Kansas Athletics' continued support for the advancement of technology and research in sport performance has been the means of advocacy, vigor and stamina in our ceaseless pursuit of knowledge and best practices.”

Known for utilizing, experimenting with and even helping to developing some of the most cutting-edge technology available to today’s athletes, Hudy has always viewed her role with the program as one of an educator first.

In the summer of 2012, Kansas became a signature school for the EliteForm training system, which integrates technology into workout sessions. KU was also the first to use the SpartaTrac™ system to optimize players' individual strength programs to improve performance and decrease chance of injury.

Self, who always has made it a point to acknowledge the importance of Hudy’s role, often has referred to her as another assistant coach, deserving of the same respect and appreciation as the rest of his staff.

Becoming the recipient of this year’s Impact Award marks the second time Hudy has been honored by the NCSA. In 2013, Hudy was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the NSCA for her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs.

During her time at Kansas, Hudy has worked with 20 Jayhawks who were drafted into the NBA, a number that figures to go up a couple in late June.


Harlan Hobbs 5 years, 6 months ago

If a winning football season is worth $40,000 to the Athletic Director, then Andrea already deserves a $100,000 bonus now for what she has done for the athletic program. She is remarkable.

Brad Farha 5 years, 6 months ago

We are fortunate to have her -- congrats to Coach Hudy!

Mike Kendall 5 years, 6 months ago

Totally deserving. KU is lucky to have her!

Humpy Helsel 5 years, 6 months ago

How often have we heard words of thanks from the players for her significant contribution to their success? Congratulations, Andrea. Well deserved.

Tony Bandle 5 years, 6 months ago

It's always a hoot to watch a KU broadcast and see Andrea located behind the bench. She has a more ferocious "game face" than even Bill. If it was me, I'd have her on the bench as a reminder to the players than any sub-par performance garnishes a date with Andrea.

I think the Morris Twins are a classic example of her magic.I only have one in the hell did UCONN let her get away? Was her appearance at KU a "Lew-do"?

Anyway, if you read this site, Andrea, congratulations and, trust me on this, you are treasured by Jayhawk Nation. Believe me, we all know how valuable you are to KU's continued success. Maybe the women's basketball program can use a little of your magic!!

Daniel Kennamore 5 years, 6 months ago

Well deserved!

She's been our secret weapon since she joined the team and hopefully will remain a part of that team for years to come.

Congrats Andrea!

Bryce Landon 5 years, 6 months ago

Basketball games are won and lost in the weight room, and Andrea Hudy has won a lot of games, as well as conference titles, conference tournament titles, and the 2008 national title, for KU behind the scenes. Do whatever it takes to keep her in Lawrence!

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