UConn women’s basketball has hired Andrea Hudy as the team’s new Director of Sports Performance, the school announced on Wednesday. She comes to Storrs from the University of Texas, where she was the head coach of basketball strength and conditioning, overseeing both the men’s and women’s programs.
Hudy received her master’s degree from UConn in 1999 and worked with the Huskies’ women’s basketball team from 1995-2004.
“We’re beyond excited to bring in someone like Andrea Hudy,” Geno Auriemma said in a release. “She’s been here before and knows what the expectation level is. She had a lot of success here, and at Kansas, and at Texas. To get one of the premier strength and conditioning coaches, in men’s or women’s basketball, was a great opportunity for us. We’ve had great success here with our strength and conditioning. I think Hudy being here, especially with such a young team this year, gives us an opportunity to add to what we’ve been doing here all this time.”
Hudy will replace Amanda Kimball, who had been working with UConn since Hudy left in 2004. Kimball is now the Director of Holistic and Reintegration Sports Performance, according to the school’s website.
“Returning to the University of Connecticut is a full circle moment,” Hudy said in the release. “Having started my career here over 26 years ago created a solid foundation for me in sports performance, and to be a part of UConn again is a great opportunity. It will be a great experience to see such a familiar place with new perspectives.”
Before her stint at Texas, Hudy spent the previously 15 years as Kansas men’s basketball’s strength and conditioning coach.
In 2017, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) gave Hudy the Impact Award, which honors “an individual whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the national or international strength and conditioning or fitness industries.” Two years prior, the NCSA awarded her with the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award.
Over the course of Hudy’s 27 year career, she has helped train 51 future NBA players and 21 future WNBA players.
Hudy played Volleyball at Maryland from 1990-94 and graduated with a degree in kinesiology. She earned her master’s degree in sports biomechanics from UConn in 1999 and went on to get an MBA at Kansas in 2019.