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Back to our Roots: Andrea Hudy ('94)
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland volleyball team received a special visit from former Maryland volleyball player Andrea Hudy (’94), who has made a name for herself as one of the premier sports performance specialists in the nation.
After earning the ACC title in 1990 and later graduating from Maryland, Hudy went on to the University of Connecticut for nine years where she was a part of eight national championship teams (two men’s basketball; five women’s basketball; and one men’s soccer.
Hudy is currently the Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance at Kansas where she works primarily with the men’s basketball team. Including the seven Jayhawks that have been drafted in the NBA, she has worked with 25 former student-athletes who went on to play in the NBA.
The Huntingdon, Pa. native recently published her first book called Power Positions and can be found on her website (hudysportsperformance.com) and on Twitter (@A_Hudy).
Hudy checked in with umterps.com for a quick Q&A during her short return to College Park.
Did you know you wanted to get into sports performance?
“I played for Janice Kruger here at Maryland from 1990-93 and then I left here and was a volleyball coach at Bladensburg High School for a semester. I majored in kinesiology and I knew early on that I wanted to get into fitness.”
How was your time at Connecticut working with current Maryland football coach Randy Edsall?
“I got to Connecticut in January of 1995 and the women’s basketball team won its first national title that spring. We had this culture where it was like an athlete factory – we had one athlete after another come in at all hours. Football at UConn was I-AA at the time, so I was there a few years before Randy Edsall became head coach in 1999. My supervisor was assigned to football at the time and he got sick, so I took over football. I worked directly with Randy for 6-8 months of the year and I was always a part of what they were doing all the time.”
Tell us a little about your new book and your general philosophy.
“I just wrote a book called Power Positions. Strength & conditioning is not sport specific anymore – it’s position specific. So there are three positions: there’s the lateral reactive athlete, the linear athlete and the rotational athlete. The lateral reactive athlete is anybody that needs to accelerate really hard to react. The linear athlete is anybody who really hits top speed or is a timing athlete like an outside hitter. A lateral reactive athlete would be a setter or middle blocker where they jump and there chest is high, whereas an outside hitter is completely different because they can time it. Outside hitters are also rotational athletes because they really crank back to hit the ball. On the football field, the wide receivers and safeties are linear athletes and everyone else in the middle is lateral reactive. And then the quarterback is rotational because of their movement. So you look at their movement from the ground up. “
Did you ever think you’d be writing a book?
“I never thought I’d write a book – I was terrible in English! Being a female in the field and working at a high level institution, I get a lot of inquiries about how to train athletes – especially female athletes – so I’ve been answering these questions for 20 years. I decided to answer them all in a book called Power Positions.
Is it different training male and female athletes?
"No, it’s position specific."
Was it tough to break into the industry as a female?
“That’s one of the most common questions I get. Just because somebody might be able to do more pushups, more pullups or squat more weight than I do, that doesn’t mean that they’re stronger than me because there’s emotional strength, mental strength, psychological strength and my experience. All these things encapsulate what makes somebody strong and it’s not just physical strength. The experiences that I’ve had have given me strength through success.”
What do you think of the direction of the program?
“Steve [Aird] has been great. He’s going to win. He’ll create winners and this volleyball program will win. There’s no doubt in my mind coming from the culture he came from with Russ [Rose] at Penn State – very similar to the cultures I’ve had with Geno [Auriemma] at UConn, Jim Calhoun at UConn and [Bill] Self at Kansas. Those are all Hall of Fame coaches. When you talk about putting a bunch of winners together, Steve is going to raise the level at Maryland for sure. No doubt in my mind.”
Is the campus much different from the last time you were here?
“I pulled up on campus on Rt. 193 and I was completely lost. It used to be a big parking lot. But I finally got my bearings after I figured out where Cole Field House was.”