“I am pleased to announce this action by our board of directors,” stated Lee President Dr. Paul Conn. “Coach Hudson is certainly deserving, and she has the kind of insight and work ethic which will make her a key individual in leading our overall athletic program."
Conn pointed out that Hudson was the first coach of a Lee athletic team to achieve significant success at the national level in the NAIA.
“As a volleyball coach, she is superb,” he added. “Now that we are moving into NCAA Division II, her work as senior woman administrator has given us a chance to see her exceptional administrative skills as well, and I believe she will lend a lot of support to (athletic director) Larry Carpenter and other members of the leadership team."
Hudson has spent her entire college coaching career at Lee. Her first volleyball team posted a winning 19-18 record and for the past 22 years her powerful clubs have recorded at least 30 wins and climbed over the 40-win mark on four occasions. When coaching both volleyball and softball, she took the first Lee softball team to the NAIA National Tournament.
“While most people think of Andrea as Lee’s longtime volleyball coach, few realize the contributions she’s made as our senior woman administrator,” noted Carpenter. “She brings the same work ethic and skill set that’s made her a successful coach to the leadership table and has played an integral part in the history of Lee athletics. Andrea is very deserving of this new title and I look forward to working with her.”
Heading into the 2013 campaign with her husband and assistant coach Kevin Hudson, Andrea has 728 wins and an amazing load of conference and region titles. She was named the Southern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year five times to go along with three regional honors.
“I am very humbled by the decision that was made by Dr. Conn and the board to appoint me to this new position,” said Hudson. “Lee University athletics has become a way of life for me and I have enjoyed working with coach Carpenter as my athletic director.
“As we transition to NCAA I know this appointment will carry a lot of responsibility and I am excited about this new season in my life. I see a bright future for Lee athletics and I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to serve the school in this new capacity.”