Travis Hudson thankful to win 600 games at WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- Travis Hudson has coached volleyball at one school and he wouldn't have it any other way.

Western Kentucky's veteran coach achieved another milestone at his alma mater.

"I'm incredibly proud to wear that WKU across my chest," Hudson proudly said after the Lady Toppers' second round NCAA Tournament game with Kentucky.

Those words alone made Friday night in E.A. Diddle Arena that much more special for Travis Hudson.

With a sweep over rival Middle Tennessee, Hudson won his 600th career game---all at WKU.

"When you realize where this program has come from and all the amazing kids who have come through here and I've watched grow up and grow into young women," Hudson said, "And my mind's racing through all those people that have come through here over my time and I'm certainly appreciative."

The Edmonson County native was only 24-years-old when he took over as head coach of Lady Topper volleyball.
In 24 seasons on the Hill, Hudson's teams have been to 11 NCAA Tournaments, with a combined 23 conference regular season and tournament championships and countless coach of the year honors.

"He's made me such an amazing volleyball player and off the court really grown my leadership skills," Rachel Anderson said about Hudson. "We butt heads sometimes but I love him and I'm so thankful that he's my coach."

Despite the past few months for the longtime coach, from a major heart attack in April, to one of his former players, Alyssa Cavanaugh, revealing her leukemia diagnosis, Cavanaugh said she wouldn't miss her former coach claiming his milestone win for the world.

"Travis is a father figure to me," Cavanaugh said about her former coach. "Even though I'm not on the team anymore, he texts me all the time, he comes to see me all the time, he makes sure that I'm taken care of.

"I'm so happy that he was my coach and I got to be apart of his program."

Through Hudson's successes and struggles, he's glad it's all been done at WKU and his players are happy he's with them every step of the way.

"People have asked me a lot of times why I've chosen to stay here over the course of my career," Hudson said. "It's nights like tonight that make me ask 'why wouldn't somebody?'."

"It runs deep and it's something that I treasure."