One of the nation’s top husband and wife coaching teams will not be working together at courtside when the 2014 Lee University volleyball season opens this fall.
Head coach Andrea Hudson will begin her 24th year with the Lady Flames and her husband Kevin has been by her side during 23 of their 24 years.
Kevin Hudson recently announced that he will give up his assistant coaching duties and will be “Putting more effort into the (Lee) recreation program and helping develop the students in that program, along with more time on the home front. There are a lot of reasons for the move, both professional and personal, but the decision is really about personal things that I want to devote more attention to.”
“I can’t imagine what coaching without Kevin beside me on the bench is going to feel like,” admitted Andrea Hudson. “We have done this together for so long that each of our duties on the bench evolved over time, and although we knew what our roles were, the girls knew it too.”
“I will miss getting to do all that with Andrea,” replied Kevin. “My being able to work all these years with lots of great young ladies, celebrating the victories and making many memorable trips, plus coaching several unique teams.”
Together the Hudson’s have posted one of volleyball’s best records, 731 wins against just 231 defeats over 23 years. “I really only had 19 wins and then Kevin came along. All the 731 wins belong to us and the teams we coached.”
Seventeen conference championships, six NAIA regional crowns and advancing to the NAIA National Tournament for 10 straight seasons put the Lady Flames in the national spotlight. Kevin says three consecutive trips to the NAIA Final Four is a highlight of his career. He was named the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year in 2009.
Lee Athletic Director Larry Carpenter said, “Andrea and Kevin developed one of the premier volleyball programs in the country. They combined different skill sets to form an outstanding coaching duo. I appreciate all that Kevin has contributed to our program and will miss seeing him on the bench.”
Kevin explained that he will not completely disappear from the Lee volleyball picture. “For the immediate future I plan on helping with the transition in the coaching staff and still supporting the program. I’m not leaving Lee, so there aren’t major changes coming for the time being.”
Andrea has her concerns. “The hardest adjustment will be the players learning to trust another coach with the responsibilities he always brought to our teams,” she explained. “Kevin’s volleyball knowledge is going to be missed, and of course his commitment to excellence with all things that pertain to the team.
“Statistics and numbers are his specialties and we are now going to have to pass that on to someone else. I am, however, happy that he has taken this tough step in his life to make sure he is doing what he feels is best for him.
“Luckily for me, he will still be around to give off-court advice and pop in occasionally to help us work on things he specializes in. There is no doubt in my mind that he loves Lee University, but he will just spend more time now in his other job in recreation to help make Lee a better place for our students.”