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Andrea Hudy, the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Performance, joined the University of Kansas (KU) staff in September 2004. Hudy has handled strength and conditioning responsibilities for the KU men’s basketball team since her arrival in 2004. Hudy oversees the Anderson Strength and Conditioning Complex for all KU sports. In January 2013, Hudy was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) for her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs. She also served nine and a half years at the University of Connecticut, where she worked closely with the Huskies’ men’s and women’s basketball teams. Hudy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland and her Master’s of Art degree in Sport Biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) by the NSCA and a United States of America Weightlifting Level I Coach (USAW-1). Additionally, Hudy has her national massage certification.
Did you know? Coach Hudy was the 2012 recipient of the NSCA's College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award
I have been a strength and conditioning coach at the college Division 1 level for 18 years.
My philosophy on training is a non-linear periodization method using powerlifting, weightlifting movements (or any variation thereof), and ground-based functional movements. I am dedicated to helping our student-athletes improve speed and conditioning as it relates to their sport. I am committed to creating a competitive, safe, and positive training environment in which the athletes want to improve and develop a consistent work ethic.
My philosophy has always been research driven with an emphasis on weightlifting and powerlifting movements. Because of the non-linear training method, in-season training is reactive and focuses more on adapting to their schedule after the work ethic has been developed.
Jerry Martin, Boyd Epley, and Roger Marandino have influenced me throughout my career as they changed the way I look at things in the weight room. Dr. Andrew Fry and Dr. William Kraemer have taught me how to embrace the study of exercise and apply research to my training programs.
By using non-linear periodization training it is easier for me to react to their schedule and practices throughout the season. Each athlete’s program is developed from a basic template and modified to meet the athlete’s specific needs and goals.
In my opinion, the most overlooked concept in this field is a commitment to a year-round program for the athletes.
To help continue my education, I regularly attend NSCA Conferences, utilize other resources in the field, and participate in various research opportunities with Dr. Andrew Fry. I also look to hire staff members who will help increase my knowledge base.
The “specificity” of my athlete’s training programs comes from their core lifts (weightlifting and powerlifting movements) and the supplement exercises (specific functional movements of sport) in their program. One of the main goals of my programming is to increase each athlete’s power output.
My favorite tool is the athlete. I love to teach and motivate athletes to improve their movement efficiency and overall technique.
My five favorite exercises are the drop squat, any weightlifting exercise, the pull-up (or any variation thereof), squat variations, and running/jumping.