LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance, Andrea Hudy, as well as the University of Kansas Health, Sports and Exercise Science Department is hosting Marine Sgt. Michael Pride this week for instruction and conditioning on the KU campus. Sgt. Pride, who was a member and now a coach for the Armed Services’ Wounded Warrior Project, is working with Hudy and her strength and conditioning staff to learn techniques and philosophies of training that can be transferred to his athletes at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
While on campus, Sgt. Pride is observing and training with several KU teams, including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball and rowing, to give him more exposure to the world of coaching and better prepare him for future assignments as a USMC track coach for Wounded Warriors. Sgt. Pride is one of the first Wounded Warrior Marines selected to remain on active duty in a permanent limited duty status.
Hudy travelled to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., on Wednesday, July 10 and hosted a coaching and conditioning clinic with Marine Corps Staff in charge of training thousands of Marines. Considered one of the nation’s top collegiate coaches, Hudy was named the 2012-13 NSCA National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Since arriving at Kansas in 2004, Hudy has seen nine of her Jayhawk pupils drafted into the NBA.
Sgt. Pride is a 33-year-old Marine who graduated from Kansas City Central High School in 1999. He joined the Marine Corps in May of 2007 at the age of 27. After deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008 with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, he was severely wounded in action when his military vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device and overturned. He was flown back to the United States because of his injuries and was then assigned to Wounded Warrior West in October 2008 in order to recover.
While recovering, Sgt. Pride became involved with the Wounded Warrior Track and Field Team. Towards the end of 2009 his involvement with the team went from bystander to participant as he began to heal. In 2010, he was selected to participate in the inaugural Warrior Games that took place in Colorado Springs. During this event Sgt. Pride was awarded a silver and bronze medal.
In 2011, Sgt. Pride detached from Wounded Warriors West and received orders to report to Motor Transport Instruction Company at Ft. Leonard Wood as an instructor. During this time he was also asked to act as an assistant coach for the Wounded Warrior All-Marine Team, and has been coaching that team ever since.
Sgt. Pride has been awarded the Purple Heart, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.