ECHS Grad and WKU Volleyball Coach Travis Hudson To Be Featured Speaker At Upcoming Pancake Breakfast
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Travis Hudson, head volleyball coach for Western Kentucky University, will be the featured speaker at the 2018 Lady Cat basketball pancake breakfast, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at ECHS, from 7 - 11am.
No stranger to Edmonson County, Hudson is a 1988 graduate of ECHS where he was a member of the 1988 District Championship basketball team. He also was a large part of the Wildcat Football team, earning All-State honors in football. A 1994 graduate of WKU, Hudson holds a bachelor's degree in business management with a marketing emphasis. In 1996, he married the former Cindy Wiseman, a graduate of the University of Louisville's School of Allied Health with a degree in physical therapy. The couple has two sons, Tyler and Andrew.
Hudson has entered into his 24th season as head coach this year, and he is the architect behind turning WKU Volleyball into a championship-caliber team and bringing national attention to the Lady Topper program.
After taking over the helm in 1995 and finishing that campaign with a 7-26 overall record, a resurgence in WKU Volleyball came at an astounding pace. Under Hudson's tutelage, WKU has earned 10 Sun Belt Conference Regular-Season Championships, including seven-straight from 2000-2006, and five Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships. In the department's first four seasons in Conference USA, Hudson guided the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 squads to four-straight regular season titles and sequential C-USA Championships. Along with that, the Lady Toppers have appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments, as nine came from earning the league's automatic bid and two were as at-large selections.
For his career, Hudson holds a 590-203 (.744) mark, as his only head coaching job has been on The Hill. Hudson has been named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year five times (2000, 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2013) and Conference USA Coach of the Year twice (2015 and 2016) while being an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year finalist five times after earning the South Region Coach of the Year award in 2002, 2005, 2012, 2016 and 2017. He has 21 winning seasons in his career, as he has 19 seasons with 20 or more wins as well as eight years with 30 or more wins.