Jan 29, 2015
Strength of the Jayhawks

Congratulations to Andrea Hudy and the University of Kansas men’s basketball team on a great season and their runner-up finish in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Hudy, an Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance at the University of Kansas who handles the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the Jayhawk men’s and women’s basketball teams, was featured in a recent Washington Post article. You can find Hudy’s writing in the upcoming T&C May/June issue.
In the Wall Street Journal article, Kansas’s 7-foot center Jeff Withey called Hudy “one of our secret weapons.” Having worked with nine national-title teams and produced over two dozen NBA players, Hudy has instant credibility in KU locker room and a loyal following among Jayhawk alumni.

“If it weren’t for Hudy,” Houston Rockets forward and former Kansas star Marcus Morris told the Wall Street Journal, “I wouldn’t be in the NBA.”

Hudy’s position as a female strength and conditioning coach working with a Division I men’s basketball program is not a common one. In fact, the Post reports that she is believed to be the only woman in the country who holds that distinction.

“I don’t get instant street credibility because I’m not a male,” Hudy told the Journal. “But I have enough on my resume that the guys will trust what I say.”

This season, that trust helped carry Kansas all the way to the 2012 National Championship game.

T&C previously interviewed Hudy, MA, CSCS, USAW, LMT, for “A Strong Foundation,” a roundtable discussion featuring top strength coaches and their views on training the lower body.

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