Two days after a third doctor's visit, a surgeon removed a section of his shoulder. They open with Kennesaw State on Thursday, with that winner facing either Louisville or Samford. Hudson led WKU to perhaps its best season in program history in 2015 as the Lady Toppers finished the season with a 32-4 overall record, including a statement victory at then fifth-ranked Wisconsin to open the season. "I'm proud of many things that have gone on here, but I'm proud of this season maybe more," Hudson said. A recent check confirmed his good cholesterol and low blood pressure. Additionally, the senior collected Conference USA's coveted Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship. Western Kentucky volleyball's uncharacteristic exit in the first round of its conference tournament a year ago made for a long bus ride back from West Virginia to Bowling Green. Official Facebook page of the WKU Lady Topper volleyball team WKU logged the second-best GPA in the nation (3.606) in 2000, and an equally impressive mark (3.56) in 2001. 6 Kentucky before the Wildcats fought back and ultimately claimed the five-set match. But the roots of this story predate his first entry. To the contrary, he continues to ambitiously set new goals for his program and his players, pushing them to reach heights never before seen at WKU. "Growing up, my dad made me write handwritten thank you notes after every official visit I took," Kowalkowski said. More:Alyssa Cavanaugh, Louisville native and former WKU volleyball star, dies at 24 Her journey started in Louisville. 22 final ranking. The official Football Coach List for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers Football Coaches - Western Kentucky University Athletics Skip To Main Content Diddle Arena. Then we had all of that. Hudson hit the ceiling but crawled to the front, used his 6-foot-5 frame to splay over the deceased driver and steered the bus to safety with no players injured. LISTEN: WKU Volleyball Coach Travis Hudson Shares His Thoughts On The Atmosphere Inside Diddle Arena Thursday Night | WKU Connection WKU Athletics/Steve Roberts After a 3-0 set sweep of Kennesaw State last night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Western Kentucky Volleyball will look to advance to the sweet 16 with a victory tonight against the University of Louisville. WKU Volleyball player Alyssa Cavanaugh died Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Western Kentucky volleyball coach Travis Hudson (left) hugs Alyssa Cavanaugh as the bone marrow drive for her leukemia treatment is announced Nov. 3, 2018, at E.A. This NCAA tournament is also about savoring for Hudson. On the court in 2016, WKU strung together one of the nation's longest winning streaks at 21-straight matches en route to its third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. They've reminded me why I wanted to do this in the first place.". One night later, 5,023 people came through the arena doors to watch the rematch between WKU and Louisville. A local volleyball star's leukemia diagnosis is raising awareness about the need for more bone marrow donors. He has also spent time as a member of the polling committee for AVCA Top 25 rankings. Hudson joins an elite group of leaders to hit the milestone and is just the 19th active DI volleyball coach to achieve the feat. Hudson picked up the sport at a club level as a student and hit it off on the court with Jeff Hulsmeyer, then WKU's volleyball coach. Hudson never touched a volleyball prior to attending Western Kentucky, just a half hour away from his hometown, Bee Spring. Hudson accepted and worked with the squad gearing up for the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship. She was 24 years old. In retrospect, maybe it should have been. Flipping on the monitor changed the calm of the room. Hudson closed out WKU's time in the Sun Belt Conference with a 215-59 record (.785), as the athletic department joined Conference USA as a full-time member in July 2014. WKU's success on and off the court has been a labor of love for Hudson, dating back to his days as a student at WKU. In his 25th season at the helm of the program, Hudson led the Lady Toppers to a 32-2 overall record which included a perfect 14-0 mark in Conference USA, the league's regular season and tournament titles, and the team's first-ever NCAA Tournament national seed at No. He suggests they personally write notes of gratitude for even the smallest acts of kindness. Hudson and WKU finished the season on a high note as the Lady Toppers found postseason success after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in program history with a sweep of Arizona. 6 jersey ever since. Matthews also added AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors and C-USA Tournament MVP status. Injuries mounted. That streak would stretch to 38 matches before a setback at North Texas. Upon the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year, Cavanaugh earned Conference USA's Female Athlete of the Year honor. Travis Hudson settled into his seat and pulled out a black spiral notebook he had bought before the trip. Hudson (Coach of the Year), Paige Briggs (Freshman of the Year) and Lauren Matthews (Player of the Year) each earned both the AVCA Region superlatives and Conference USA superlatives. Originally from Beaver Dam, Ky., Bryant was diagnosed with a brain tumor behind her eyes at a young age. 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 three times (2015, 2016 and 2019) while being an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year finalist six times after earning the South Region Coach of the Year award in 2002, 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017 and 2019. On Oct. 6, 2017, Hudson led the unit to its 30th-straight win over a C-USA opponent for the league record. Head Volleyball Coach: Becca Acevedo: Assistant Volleyball Coach: Courtney Furlong: Graduate Assistant Coach : View Full Bio 1 Isabel Schaefbauer. The use of software that blocks ads hinders our ability to serve you the content you came here to enjoy. “It is with profound sadness that we deal with the loss of Alyssa Cavanaugh,” WKU Volleyball head coach … Despite an uphill battle to conquer, Coach Hudson led the squad to its 19th-straight 20-win season and secured the No. "That's where it all started," said Hudson, hired for the full-time position in 1995. Ultimately, he didn't receive any scholarship offers and was "too poor" to accept a walk-on opportunity, so he paid his way through college by combining student loans with multiple jobs -- nights as a hotel desk clerk and day jobs at a warehouse and Walmart. She didn't look alarmed. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU volleyball head coach Travis Hudson came in at No. Get updated NCAA Women's Volleyball DI rankings from every source, including coaches and national polls. One name easily comes to mind when thinking of Western Kentucky University volleyball --Travis Hudson. It wasn't a major sport when he took over. She had even discussed with her former coach, Travis Hudson, all the wonderful things she would get to experience playing abroad. Reconnecting with his players was pivotal. On Oct. 21, 2018, Hudson secured his 600th career victory. In 2017, Sydney Engle and Lucas received the honor. With a cumulative GPA of 3.514, the Lady Toppers have earned the Team Academic Award for the 18th time since 1999. A four-time All-American during her career on The Hill from 2014-17, Cavanaugh is one of the most decorated players in WKU program history. Nadia Dieudonne collected C-USA Setter of the Year honors and AVCA All-Region recognition in her first year on The Hill. “I’ve dreamed of what I … Coach Travis Hudson and the WKU Volleyball team wrapped up spring practices on Saturday and look forward to their upcoming season. Hudson also served as WKU's interim head coach on two occasions, once after Hulsmeyer left for Arkansas State in 1991 and again in the spring of 1995 following the departure of Hardaway. Women's Volleyball Head Coach: Phillip White: Women's Volleyball Associate Head Coach: Kevin Carroll: Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach ... Louisville, Ky. WKU. Six seasons later, Hudson was Sun Belt Coach of the Year, the first of more than a dozen accolades for one of the most decorated fixtures in the sport. 16 in the AVCA National Poll in 2013 and finished as No. WKU finished the year with a 30-3 record in addition to two more league titles. An immediate procedure inserting a stent to support the artery saved his life. S 5'9" Fr. For a week in late June, Hudson traveled to Anaheim, Calif., to help coach the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team. Get updated NCAA Women's Volleyball DI rankings from every source, including coaches and national polls. WKU Volleyball player Alyssa Cavanaugh died Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Following the 2018-19 school year, Hudson worked with USA Volleyball for the second time. More than four hours later, when the bus pulled into campus, Hudson wasn't done. 8 on Volleyball Magazine's list of top Division I women's head coaches as announced by the publication Thursday afternoon. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Four-time All-American and WKU Volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh passed away Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. We ask that you consider turning off your ad blocker so we can deliver you the best experience possible while you are here. One name easily comes to mind when thinking of Western Kentucky University volleyball --Travis Hudson. A graduate of nearby Edmonson County High School in Brownsville, Ky., Hudson captained both the varsity football and basketball teams, earning All-State honors in football. "She touched so many lives, especially mine. Hilltopper Nation showed up by the masses to support the Lady Toppers inside Diddle Arena with record-setting crowds on back-to-back nights for the NCAA Tournament. 15. He loved basketball but was better at football and visited a handful of schools officially, including Western Kentucky. Hudson is the cousin of former Hilltopper basketball great Bob Daniels, who lettered for WKU from 1954-57. Travis Hudson had a heart attack a year ago. Volleyball beat writer Kaden Gaylord gives an update on the WKU volleyball team and shares audio from head coach Travis Hudson (17:26-20:50). "My first two years, I loved being here. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville native and Western Kentucky University volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh died Friday morning at age 24, according to WKU… She ranks second in WKU Volleyball history with 1,816 career kills and third all-time with 3.78 kills per set across her career. Hudson nearly signed a top-50 recruit but it didn't pan out. While the Tops bowed out of the tournament, a statement was made that Diddle Arena was near the top of the list of volleyball atmospheres across the country. She was 24. Records created by volleyball coaches regarding camps and team. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament for the second-consecutive season finishing with a 20-10 record. Story and photo Courtesy of: WKU Athletics BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh passed away on Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. This season marks the 20th consecutive year the Tops have won at least 20 games. Tryouts are slated to take Most recently, Sophia Cerino joined the ranks of Lady Toppers to earn the honor in 2018 and 2019. With an experienced core, the 2017 WKU Volleyball squad continued finding new records to break. After a 2019 season in which the Western Kentucky University volleyball program continued to climb to new heights, the Conference USA coaches have picked the Hilltoppers to … Hudson cites six core values -- respect, trust, hard work, accountability, positivity and a team-before-me attitude -- behind WKU volleyball's culture, pillars that fell short last year. He wasn't sure what caused the shortness of breath and throbbing pain radiating from his left arm during a drive to the hardware store. Hudson offered to come to practice and shag balls. They go back to the day before Easter in 2018. One year after that bus ride, WKU is completing a different journey. "My thought was that my kids needed me there. 1.7K likes. The trophies have become less important as the memories multiply. WKU head coach Travis Hudson argues a call during their 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday, ... WKU volleyball announces C-USA schedule By the Daily News Nov 19, 2020 The official 2018 Women's Volleyball Roster for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers WKU head volleyball coach Travis Hudson salutes fans after the Hilltoppers’ victory over Kennesaw State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Diddle Arena on December 5, 2019. These Hilltoppers, who weren't picked to win the conference, are riding a 27-game win streak that includes a pair of victories over Rice, including one in Houston to secure the Conference USA title. Every player has WKU notecards in her locker. In his first four seasons with Conference USA, Hudson and the Lady Toppers set the standard high, as 18 Lady Toppers garnered All-Conference awards while Alyssa Cavanaugh (2014) and Rachel Anderson (2015) were both named the league's Freshman of the Year. Hudson is also the only coach in Conference USA history with 600 or more wins all at the DI level. He has 23 winning seasons in his career, as he has 21 seasons with 20 or more wins as well as nine campaigns with 30 or more wins. Official Facebook page of the WKU Lady Topper volleyball team The senior ultimately won the fan vote and earned First Team All-American status from the prestigious organization. In 2014, Heather Boyan and Rachel Engle became WKU's first C-USA All-Academic Team selections, voted to the 11-person list by the league's sports information directors. But Hudson's disappointment wasn't about results. The day he almost surely should have died. "I blur out last year sometimes because it was so unlike the culture that Western Kentucky has," senior Emma Kowalkowski said. 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. Along with that, the Lady Toppers have appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments, as 10 came from earning the league's automatic bid and two were as at-large selections. Story and photo Courtesy of: WKU Athletics BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh passed away on Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The Lady Toppers boast a 100-percent graduation rate in Hudson's tenure, with eight of his players earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. Travis Hudson, coach of the WKU Volleyball Program, earned his bachelor’s degree at WKU in business management with a marketing emphasis while balancing two jobs. Thursday night, 4,514 were in attendance to watch the Tops win their fourth-ever NCAA Tournament match. We usually don't see this kind up here. The Hilltoppers coach doesn't fancy himself much of a writer, but he began to scribble down some thoughts. A 1994 graduate of WKU, Hudson holds a bachelor's degree in business management with a marketing emphasis. "I wasn't physically or maybe even mentally ready to return," Hudson said. Follow @WKUVolleyball. "The beautiful thing about being out there is that their phones don't get service," he said. Later that year, Hudson was named the head coach at WKU, making him (at the time) the youngest head coach in the nation at age 24. The squad returned just two upperclassman front row players and only one that had seen significant court time. "Everybody knows Travis Hudson," said setter Nadia Dieudonne, a transfer from Xavier. Returning to the sidelines was never in doubt for Hudson, especially after Western Kentucky's 2017 season, when the Hilltoppers came within three points of their first-ever Sweet 16 performance only to fall to sixth-ranked Kentucky. 21 in the nation in 2012, the first time in program history that a team finished the season ranked. Engle repeated as a C-USA All-Academic honoree in 2015 while Jessica Lucas earned a spot on the team in 2016. We let some things slip and weren't committed to the things I want us to be about, and it showed.". The Lady Toppers would end up heading to Lexington, Ky., for the NCAA Tournament and sweep defensive-power Notre Dame. His initial notes in that black notebook included a page for each player and subsequent sections on communication, leadership, offense and defense. Prior to assuming the head coaching duties for the Lady Toppers in 1995, he served as an assistant coach for two years with Mark Hardaway, who left The Hill to take the head coaching position at Evansville, and one campaign under Jeff Hulsmeyer, former head coach at Purdue. They repeated that feat in 2015 with a No. Jessica Lucas and Alyssa Cavanaugh were both named Senior CLASS Award candidates and when the field narrowed to 10, Lucas was named a Senior CLASS finalist. After securing back-to-back American Volleyball Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his. The official Women's Volleyball page for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. For the fourth time in the last five seasons, WKU Volleyball will be represented at the U.S. Women’s Volleyball National Team Open Tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo., as Paige Briggs and Lauren Matthews will vie for a chance to wear the red, white and blue. Hudson had no family history of heart disease. I loved everything it was about. Jessica Lucas was honored as the league's Setter of the Year in her final three seasons, 2015, 2016 and 2017 while Cavanaugh repeated as the league's Player of the Year. "I loved that Travis had his players do that. Hudson and the Tops are one of just five programs in the nation to produce 20 or more consecutive 20-win seasons. In the summer of 2017, Hudson received a call from USA Volleyball, inviting the veteran head coach to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to help guide the USA Women’s Junior National Training Team (WJNTT). LISTEN: WKU Volleyball Coach Travis Hudson Shares His Thoughts On The Atmosphere Inside Diddle Arena Thursday Night | WKU Connection WKU Athletics/Steve Roberts After a 3-0 set sweep of Kennesaw State last night in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Western Kentucky Volleyball will look to advance to the sweet 16 with a victory tonight against the University of Louisville. 781 Volleyball Coach jobs available on Indeed.com. "Alyssa and the kids she played with broke down so many walls in our program because when you were on the court with Alyssa Cavanaugh, you believed you had a … It was a foggy year.". video platform powered by CBS Sports Digital, - 2019 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, - 2017 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, - 2016 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, - 2013 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, - 2012 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, - 2012 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, - 2005 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, - 2005 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, - 2002 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, - 2002 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, - 2000 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, - C-USA Regular Season: 2014, '15, '16, '17, '19, - C-USA Tournament: 2014, '15, '16, '17, '19, - SBC Regular Season: 2000, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '11, '12, '13, - SBC Tournament: 2002, '05, '08, '11, '12, - Alyssa Cavanaugh: 2014, '15, '16, '17 (Third Team), - Three C-USA Players of the Year (2016, '17, '19), - 24 All-C-USA honorees; 17 All-C-USA First Team, - Four C-USA Setter of the Year selections, - Two AVCA South Region Players of the Year (2017, '19), - 59 All-SBC honorees; 35 All-SBC First Team, - Summer 2017 - USA Women’s Junior National Training Team, - Summer 2019 - USA Women's Collegiate National Team. She was 24. She held a graduate manager position with the Boilermakers for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. WKU Volleyball Coach Named Finalist for National Coach of the Year. Official Facebook page of the WKU Lady Topper volleyball team Speaking of streaks, the Lady Toppers continued their unprecedented home conference winning streak, stretching it to 55-consecutive wins dating back to the 2011 season. Follow @TravisHudsonWKU 2,207 talking about this. The team was honored by the NCAA for having a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in the top 10 percent nationally through the 2018-19 academic year, which marks the 14th-straight year the Lady Toppers ranked in the top 10 percent nationally. In fact, he was just getting started. The Louisville native was chosen as one of 10 volleyball players for the recognition based on criteria in classroom, competition, community service and character. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Alyssa Cavanaugh had finished up her volleyball career at Western Kentucky University, graduated, and was preparing for a professional career playing overseas. His student-athletes earned 59 All-Sun Belt Conference selections, including 35 first-team honorees, as well as five selections for SBC Player of the Year, six for SBC Defensive Player of the Year, one for SBC Setter of the Year and four for SBC Freshman/Newcomer of the Year. BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Four-time All-American and WKU Volleyball legend Alyssa Cavanaugh passed away Friday morning at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Hulsmeyer, now associate head coach at Florida State, had no assistant at that time. It was about falling short of standards that he had introduced a quarter century ago when, at age 24, he was hired as the youngest coach in Division I. A fitness buff, he eats right. The 2016 WKU squad proved to be one of the elite teams in the nation both on and off the court. He never dreamed that would be as volleyball coach at his alma mater. In total, she played in 139 matches as a Hilltopper. The ESPN Daily delivers the biggest sports news and moments every weekday. The official Volleyball Coach List for the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels. Hudson's student-athletes are also highly involved in the Bowling Green area, giving countless hours to community service efforts. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. ", Added Hudson: "It was going to be a rebuilding, challenging year anyway. If anyone comes to mind for us to write a letter to, he'll mail it.". That's something I have deep gratitude to this group of 13 kids for. After posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.61 for the 2016-17 school year to earn a spot on the AVCA Academic Honor Roll, WKU became the only Division I program to earn top-25 academic honors and finish in the top-25 (or receive votes) in the final AVCA Coaches Poll of the 2016 campaign. A first-generation college graduate, he planned to be hands-on with wherever his management degree took him. On Friday morning, former WKU Volleyball All-American Alyssa Cavanaugh passed away at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. FOJ would forever change the lives of people involved with WKU volleyball, as the group connected the team with Harlie Bryant in 2012. A piece of plaque flaking off his artery had landed in the worst of places -- directly blocking the main valve that supplied blood to Hudson's heart. Follow @TravisHudsonWKU Follow @WKUVolleyball. The Lady Toppers have also won or shared the WKU Female Scholar Team Award five times. Indexed with yellow tabs, it goes where he does. 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