Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is poised to hire away Kansas’ longtime strength coach Andrea Hudy, the Kansas City Star reported late Thursday.
Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed the hiring to The Star. A Texas spokesman told the American-Statesman he could not confirm anything “as of tonight.” An official announcement could come Friday, though.
Luring Hudy away from the Jayhawks would be a major coup for Smart and the Longhorns. She was considered a vital part of Kansas’ long run of 14 consecutive Big 12 championships. Hudy has been with the Jayhawks since September 2004.
The Star said that losing Hudy is “a significant loss for KU’s athletic department.” The Pennsylvania native had previously spent nine years as the men’s and women’s strength coach at Connecticut. In college, Hudy played four years of volleyball at Maryland.
Hudy was named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2013.
The Longhorns had an opening when Daniel Roose, a strength coach who originally came with Smart from Virginia Commonwealth four years ago, recently decided to go back to VCU.
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