2011 Strength Performance Coach's Choice Award Finalists

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Read about each finalist below

Ike Hammerly

 University:  William Penn University

 Position:  Head Strength & Conditioning Coach


Entering his fourth head as head coach, Ike now has 4 graduate assistants, the most on campus, and boasts a comprehensive intern curriculum. Working, predominately with the football program, Hammerly directly oversees the implementation of programs for all other 18 sports at William Penn University.


Hammerly is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Level I/Club Coach from the USA Weightlifting Association.


The athletic teams at William Penn have improved dramatically during his tenure. The football program posted a 10-1 record while going on to win its first conference championship since 1976 last season (2010). The team also broke many all-time NAIA rushing records for a game and season. Under his guidance, his graduate assistants have helped lead their teams to improve as well (Volleyball, Softball, and Track & Field did very well during this time).


Hammerly also frequently speaks on strength and conditioning topics.  In 2011 Hammerly and his staff spoke at the Iowa Strength and Conditioning Conference, presenting about space limitations and changes he and his staff made in order to train such a large volume of athlete at William Penn University.


For more information on Ike Hammerly, click here.



Andrea Hudy

 University:  University of Kansas

 Position:  Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Performance


Andrea Hudy joined the Kansas staff in September 2004. Since her arrival Hudy has handled the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the perennial national-contending KU men's basketball team.

Hudy came to Kansas after nine and a half years at the University of Connecticut, where she worked closely with the Huskies' national champion men's and women's basketball teams. Hudy was part of eight national championship teams while at Connecticut - two men's basketball, five women's basketball and one men's soccer.

Including the nine Jayhawks that have been drafted in the NBA since her arrival, she has worked with 27 former student-athletes who went on to play in the NBA.

For more information on Andrea Hudy, click here.



Kaz Kazadi

 University:  Baylor University

 Position:  Assistant Athletics Director


Kazadi brings to Baylor a no nonsense approach to athletic performance that is focused on the development of the entire individual. Encouraging student athletes to be mentally tough, emotionally stable, and disciplined in all aspects of their life is every bit as important to Kazadi's program as getting them physically strong or fast.


Under Kazadi's direction, the Baylor Athletic Performance Department has grown tremendously. Since his arrival, three additional positions have been created within the department and the Simpson Athletic Center has been outfitted as one of the premier facilities in the country.  In addition, Baylor football is now a top contender in the Big 12 Conference.


For more information on Kaz Kazadi, click here.


Tommy Moffitt

 University:  Louisiana State University (LSU)

 Position:  Director of Strength and Conditioning


Considered by many in college football to be one of the nation's premier strength and conditioning coaches, Tommy Moffitt enters his ninth season at LSU after coming to the Tiger staff from the University of Miami.


Since taking over his current position at LSU, Moffitt's offseason program has helped the Tigers post a 78-25 mark. Moffitt has compiled a career winning mark of 222-45 including 14 consecutive bowl appearances and 3 state high school championships.


For more information on Tommy Moffitt, click here.



Don Sommer

 University:  Texas Christian University (TCU)

 Position:  Head Strength & Conditioning Coach


Don Sommer is in his 11th year as TCU's head strength and conditioning coach after arriving on campus in January 2001. In his capacity, Sommer is responsible for the overall direction, design and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for all 20 sports at TCU.


Sommer was one of 10 individuals to receive the prestigious certification of "Master Strength & Conditioning Coach" at the 2003 Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) national conference. He joined the existing 26 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCCs in the world to 36 at the time of his certification.  He was named the 2008 National Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by footballscoop.com.


TCU is in the midst of the most successful run in program history in terms of bowl appearances, having been selected for 12 in the last 13 years, including six straight.    The Frogs became the first program from outside of the five automatic qualifying conferences to make consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances in 2011, when the squad was selected to play in the Rose Bowl. The bid followed up a Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2010.    TCU made its first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl in 2011, defeating No. 5 Wisconsin, 21-19, to secure the first 13-0 season in program history.


For more information on Don Sommer, click here.