Andrea Hudy is the Director of Sports Performance for women’s basketball at the University of Connecticut. She has recently returned to UCONN after spending nine-plus years there earlier in her career. Prior to this, Andrea was the Head Coach, Basketball Strength and Conditioning at The University of Texas and before coming to Texas, Hudy served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance at the University of Kansas and handled the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the Kansas men’s basketball team for 15 years. In 2017, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) honored Hudy with the Impact Award, given to an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries. In the summer of 2014, her book, Power Positions, was published. In January 2013, she 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. In her 26 seasons of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching, Hudy has worked with 48 former student-athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA.QUOTES“The best ability is availability, and the health of my athletes is so important for me”“My argument these days is periodization is dead just based on the fact that every athlete needs something different” “If someone is hurting, let’s do whatever we can to help them feel good and recover”“My number one thing is having a relationship with the athlete, being data driven and producing a high-level healthy athlete”“Our more consistent force producers (in the jumps) are more consistent basketball players”“Failure is feedback and I always tell people I have a PhD in failure so do not be afraid of failure”SHOWNOTES1) Andrea’s backstory and the consideration of mental health work to help fully recover from an injury2) Insights into using Sparta Science with basketball athletes3) Putting training together in college basketball through pre-season, in-season and "championship" season4) Different body types and the need for recovery modalities5) The challenges around academic stresses with college athletes and creating schedules around the individual athlete6) Development versus recovery philosophies for college and professional basketball settings7) Other strength/power tests Andrea uses including the "Kansas" squat test8) The impact of less physical activity during COVID on tendon health and posture for training athletesPEOPLE MENTIONEDPhil WagnerWilliam KraemerAndrew FryNicolai MorrisSophia Nimphius
The Performance Podcast | Strength Training, Olympic Weightlifting, Performance, Fitness, Speed | Wil Fleming and Coach Dos
On this episode, Coach Dos and I have the opportunity to interview our most successful strength coach ever! Andrea Hudy of UCONN has 9 national titles as a coach, dozens of first round NBA draft picks and has coached some MAJOR basketball programs at Kansas, Texas, and UCONN. Coach Hudy talks about the "keys to success" of the teams she's coached. She talks about why professionalism is the biggest secret to being a successful coach. She talks about words of wisdom to young females in the performance field.
E11 | Andrea Hudy & Phil Wagner: Strength & Conditioning
The Team Behind the Team
Coach Andrea Hudy and Dr. Phil Wagner hop in the booth to discuss their paths that led them to working in sport, the role of data in performance and insight that data can provide, gaining coaching experience, diagnosing needs of athletes, what makes a good coaching candidate, and much more. Andrea Hudy is entering her second season as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Men’s Basketball at the University of Texas. Prior to Texas, Coach Hudy served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance at the University of Kansas, and also served as a performance coach at the University of Connecticut, spanning 25 years in the industry working primarily with Basketball. In 2013 she earned NSCA Coach of the Year honors while coaching at Kansas. Dr. Phil Wagner is the founder of Sparta Science, a data management platform for athletic development. Additionally, Wagner has served as a performance coach at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Los Angeles, as well as coaching Rugby in New Zealand and Australia.
Elev8 Episode 26 Building in the Body Lab with Andrea Hudy
In her 25 seasons of collegiate strength and conditioning coaching, Hudy has worked with 48 former student-athletes who have gone on to play in the NBA. A native of Huntingdon, Pa., Hudy was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball at the University of Maryland (1990-93). During her freshman season, she was a member of the 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference championship team. Hudy graduated from Maryland in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She earned a Master of Arts degree in sport biomechanics from the University of Connecticut in 1999 and completed her MBA from the University of Kansas in May 2019. Hudy is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA and a USAW Level I Coach.
Andrea Hudy - Head Coach, Basketball Strength & Conditioning, Texas Longhorns3:45 Jay Thomas 5:55 Peloton therapy 7:15 Socially data driven metrics7:50 Cole Aldrich10:50 Hypnotherapy 15:00 Inclusivity & diversity through recruitment19:35 Connecting with people through Social Media23:00 Dr Coyle, Human Performance Lab & the Iso-inertial Ergometer Bike 25:30 Load vs Range of Motion30:45 Overloading without overworking35:30 ‘Two Healthy sets per one Performance set’38:10 Looking at the stat line to focus training in the weight room39:00 Sparta & Catapult41:45 Creating value as a Performance Coach42:35 Decreasing fear of performance46:00 ‘What do I need to do to play more?’ vs ‘Why am I not playing?’ Music: DFA1979 – ‘If We Don’t Make It We’ll Fake It’@skip_cronin
Andrea Hudy, now the Head Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Texas, talks to the former NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Caulfield, about how she got into strength and conditioning. Topics under discussion include the collaborative efforts of the sports medicine team and doctors during her time at the University of Kansas, how she was hired, writing her book and continuing her education, and the value of hosting clinics. Find Andrea on Twitter: @A_HudyShow Notes“We have to show results. We have to prove what we’re doing to people around us and doing it in the most professional way so people have buy-in.” 7:45 “You have to be able to stand up in every room that you’re in, convey a message, sell what you’re doing, but also be a great resource for those people, too.” 13:20 “So we teach. We teach movement, and we do it in a positive manner, where people enjoy it, and they get better. Again, its results, because I don’t want to waste anybody’s time. Time is precious, and time is value.” 14:45 “Those are the coaches that I want, the people that have this solid group of, or a solid base of, working with anyone.” 19:00 “Well, the grind is standing in front of 100 people, and you’re the only person leading the group, and you’ve got nobody helping you. And you need to figure out how to get these 100 people on the same page.” 19:58 “No, it’s not going to be that bad, but you feel bad about it. And then you just get better, but that’s where failure—turn it into a success and figure out how to own the room.” 20:58
On Episode 1 of KC's Conversations I am humbled to be joined by Andrea Hudy. She is the Assistant Athletics Director of Sports Performance at the University of Kansas. Listen in to hear the pearls of wisdom she offers and much more. Topics Covered Hudy's background Her book How she has become good at failing and good at overcoming Don't just sit in your office. Don't just lift weights. Sell your program and do other things!