COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – WKU Volleyball veteran head coach Travis Hudson has once
again accepted an invitation to join one of USA Volleyball’s coaching staffs as
Hudson will work with USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team in Anaheim this
summer. USA Volleyball announced the roster and coaching staff on Monday.
“It is an honor to be chosen to work with USA Volleyball again this summer,” Hudson
shared. “More than anything, it speaks to the level of respect that is held for WKU
Volleyball and what our kids have been able to accomplish. I look forward to working
alongside some of the top players and coaches in the country and at the same time
representing Western Kentucky University.”
From June 23-29, the Collegiate National Team squad will train at the American
Sports Centers in Anaheim, the official host city for the U.S. Women’s and Men’s
National Volleyball Teams. The program will hold a public Red-Blue scrimmage on June
28 in the vicinity of Anaheim (site and time TBA). CNT team training will coincide
with other national team training blocks in Anaheim, giving both players and the
staff opportunities to work side-by-side with Team USA.
The CNT-Anaheim staff includes head coach Dan Fisher (University of Pittsburgh),
Travis Hudson (Western Kentucky University), Kirsten Bernthal Booth (Creighton
University) and Melissa Wolter (University of West Florida). Technical coordinators
for the team are Taylor Filzen (University of Dayton) and Jess Aschenbrenner
(University of Denver). Rod Wilde will serve as the mentor coach, while Jeff
Wanderer has been selected as the team manager.
With 28 collegiate players representing 19 different institutions, Hudson’s path has
crossed paths with several players on the roster including Valerie Valerian from
North Texas as well as two Kansas State returners and Pittsburgh’s Kayla Lund.
Back in the summer of 2017, Hudson began his involvement with the USA Volleyball
pipeline as he was an assistant coach to the USA Women’s Junior National Training
Team. That same summer, Rachel Anderson worked with the USA Volleyball Collegiate
National Team – Minneapolis program. She was the first student-athlete from WKU
Volleyball to earn a spot on the U.S. Collegiate National Team.
In his 23 seasons on The Hill, Hudson has etched his name in the record books as he
has led the Lady Topper volleyball program to a 610-213 record in that span. This
past season, he became just the 19th active DI coach to win 600 matches as he was
just the 58th coach in DI volleyball history to achieve the feat and the first to do
so in Conference USA history. Hudson has led the Red and White to all 11 of their
NCAA Tournament appearances including trips to The Dance in seven of the past nine
seasons. With Hudson at the helm, WKU Volleyball has claimed 14 regular season
conference titles and nine conference tournament championships including 8-of-10
possible crowns since joining Conference USA.