(WIBW) - The University of Texas has hired KU assistant athletics director for sport performance Andrea Hudy as its new head coach for basketball strength and conditioning, the Longhorns announced on Friday.
Hudy had been with the Jayhawks for 15 seasons. According to UT, she will start her new job on Aug. 19.
"I am excited to start the next chapter in my career and thankful for this new opportunity at The University of Texas," Hudy said in a release. "I'm ready to take on the challenge of making an impact on the basketball programs at UT.
"After speaking with Shaka (Smart), I am encouraged that I will not only be able to continue working with outstanding student-athletes, but I will also have the chance to impact the program by building strong relationships."
"We're very excited about the addition of Andrea Hudy to our program," Texas men's basketball head coach Shaka Smart said. "Her track record of training elite performers is second to none, and her ability to connect with the players she trains makes her a terrific fit for our relationship-based culture.
"When Andrea expressed an interest in joining our team, it quickly became clear that her unique skill set is ideally suited for our team's performance needs. We're looking forward to Andrea getting to work with our guys immediately!"
According to Texas, this new position will give Hudy oversight of the strength and conditioning program for both the UT Men's and Women's Basketball programs.
"Andrea Hudy is widely recognized as one of the finest strength and conditioning coaches in the nation for the sport of basketball," Texas Women's Basketball head coach Karen Aston said. "I'm excited that she is joining the Texas Family, and I know she will have a great impact on our men's and women's basketball programs."
During her time in Lawrence, Hudy earned a reputation as one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the nation. In 2017, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) honored Hudy with the Impact Award, which is "given to an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries."
With Hudy at the helm, 2012 saw KU become the first program to use the SpartaTrac™ system to optimize players' individual strength programs to improve performance and decrease chance of injury. She even started the Midwest Sports Performance Conference, an annual symposium which brings in many prominent figures in the strength and conditioning industry to the University of Kansas campus, in 2009.
“Andrea Hudy has played a pivotal role in our success over the last 15 years," KU head men's basketball coach Bill Self said. "While I’m disappointed she is leaving, I am also excited for her, and I know our players will be as well. Bottom line is, we hate to lose her, but we understand that she has a great opportunity to grow and do something new professionally. We wish her the best, and we look forward to seeing her during the Big 12 season.”
"Kansas means the world to me," Hudy said. "I have had the most amazing experience during my time as a Jayhawk, and will always be grateful for the people I had the opportunity to work alongside. There are so many people I have come across at KU who have helped push me forward in my career, and made an impact in my life in numerous ways.
"There are not words to adequately describe my gratitude to Bill Self. He empowered me to be a leader and supported me every step of the way. His unwavering faith in me allowed me to truly make an impact with our players, and that is the work I am proudest of. Working in college athletics is unique because of the opportunity to make a difference in student-athletes’ lives. At Kansas I was able to do just that, and I will cherish those relationships for the rest of my life."