• Coaches Corner with John Hudy
    John Hudy, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, USAW, serves as the Director of the Strength and Conditioning Program for Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, where he oversees 15 sports.
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  • CoachesCornerBannerCoaches Corner | John HudyJohn Hudy, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, USAW John Hudy is in his 24th season on the Lipscomb University athletic staff. He serves as the Director of the Strength and Conditioning Program, overseeing 15 sports. Hudy has been a National Strength and Conditioning Assocation (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) since 2000. In 2011 he received the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) designation. He is also a certified coach by United States of America Weightlifting Association (USAW). Hudy graduated from Lipscomb University in 1988 and earned a Master of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992.
    1. How long have you been working in the field of strength and conditioning?
    18 years at Lipscomb University.

    2. What is your training style/methods regarding training?
    I try to make each exercise as compound in nature as possible. I would classify myself as a functional strength coach.

    3. How has this training style/methods evolved over the years?
    Parts of this type of training have been around for years, but they have become more mainstream over the last few years for several different reasons, such as the multiple benefits that come from this type of training.

    4. Who has influenced you the most throughout your career and why?
    It is difficult for me to pinpoint only one person since so many individuals have had an influence on my career. However, if I had to choose only one, it would be Don Meyer. I had the pleasure to work with him for several years as a basketball coach. He gave me my first opportunity to develop a strength program for our basketball team at Lipscomb University while I was coaching college basketball with him. He encouraged me to study to learn more about strength training, but most importantly, I learned a lot from his example of hard work, his ability to teach effectively, and his ability to communicate so many life lessons while coaching.

    5. How do you adapt your programming to fit the needs of each athlete you work with?
    I look at four different things when programming for my teams in terms of individualization. First, I take into consideration what is found through a screening of each player. What are their deficiencies they need to improve? Second, I look at their training year or how long they have been getting quality training; this could have started in high school, junior college, or another four-year institution. Third, I individualize their program based on what position they play for their sport. And finally, I have a discussion with the athlete’s head coach to get input regarding what he/she feels that the individual player needs.

    6. What do you think is the most overlooked concept in the field of strength and conditioning?
    Probably the nutrition aspect, but this is not due to the lack of trying. In most institutions, our influence does not go beyond three instances. First, we acquire a lot of information from conversations between the athlete and my staff, dietitians, or their sports coaches about the importance of proper nutrition. Second, some type of pre or post workout bar or drink is provided for athletes. Third, during away game trips, proper nutrition can be monitored. Considering the athlete’s total training year, these three instances where we can help make a difference in the athlete’s nutrition pale in comparison to the overall nutritional needs of an athlete. The athlete is left on his/her own for all other times when tasked with making the proper choices about nutrition.

    7. What resources do you use the most when it comes to getting continuing education as it pertains to the field?
    I use conferences, seminars, books, and online DVDs.

    8. What is your take on “specificity” of training and how (if so) do you apply it to your programming?
    Specificity in training is vital to maximize a player’s full potential. First, I have to know the demands of the sport my athletes are playing and what is needed for them to be successful. Second, when planning a program for the entire year, I will take into account the goal for that particular phase of training. Each phase will have some component for strength, mobility, multidirectional speed, conditioning, and rest or regeneration that is specific in nature for that sport.

    9. What is your favorite tool in your tool box?
    With so many tools at my disposal, this is a hard question because my tool box is fairly full. But if I had to pick just one right now, it would probably be the kettlebell because it is very versatile and functional in nature.

    10. What are your five favorite exercises?
    Kettlebell single-leg deadlift, pull-ups, deadlifts, cleans, and some type of a single-leg squat.

    11. What advice do you have for young coaches who are beginning their careers and hoping to “follow in your footsteps”?
    When you are looking for that first paying job, find a place where you can either volunteer, do an internship, mentorship, or a graduate assistant program where you would like to work and will be challenged. People tend to hire those they know, especially if they know your work ethic, how you interact and treat others, and your ability to handle the job. Continue your learning by either reading books, attending conferences, or watching videos. While knowledge in the strength field and competency are important, the manner in which you treat those you are working with and for is equally important.
  • Disclaimer: The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) encourages the exchange of diverse opinions. The ideas, comments, and materials presented herein do not necessarily reflect the NSCA’s official position on an issue. The NSCA assumes no responsibility for any statements made by authors, whether as fact, opinion, or otherwise. 
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