Kevin Hudash Named Men’s Basketball Director of Operations

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Director of Recruiting for Penn State Kevin Hudash has been announced today as the new FGCU men’s basketball Director of Operations by head coach Pat Chambers. Hudash spent three seasons with the Nittany Lions before then serving as an assistant coach at The Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia.

“Kevin is a great addition to our staff bringing high energy, a great personality, and attention to detail that helps teams be successful,” said Chambers. “His understanding of analytics and the implementation of those will help us in our planning and execution in daily practice and game plans.”

Before being moved into the Director of Recruiting role at Penn State from for the 2020-21 season, Hudash served two years as a graduate assistant as well. There he delved into analytics projects for the coaching staff, charting and aggregating data from games and practices. He completed projects and prepared reports to summarize findings using both film and data to support game preparation and student-athlete development.

Hudash returned to Penn State after spending the 2017-18 season as a basketball operations assistant for the Texas Legends organization of the NBA Gatorade League. His responsibilities included practice coordination, performance development and organization and distribution of video clips for use by the Legends coaching staff and individual players.

The Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, native also worked on special projects for the Legends’ assistant general manager and head coach, ranging from analytics and analysis to player development.

Hudash also served as an intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers during summer of 2016. He assisted with the organization and execution of all marketing and promotions events hosted by the Steelers and collaborated with the marketing coordinator to manage 20 brand ambassadors at camp and preseason games.

A 2017 Penn State graduate, Hudash got involved with Intercollegiate Athletics as an intern studied marketing with a minor in economics and earned a John Curley certificate of sports journalism. He also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration.

Hudash continues in his family’s footsteps in the sport of basketball as he is the great-grandson of Obie O’Brien, who won 340 games as the coach at La Salle High School in Philadelphia from 1937-1970.

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COACH CHAMBERS

Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the fifth FGCU men’s basketball head coach in March 2022 bringing a wealth of experience in college basketball highlighted by head coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years leading the Penn State (2011-20) program and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 190 career victories in that span including four 20-plus win seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to a No. 9 national ranking in 2019-20 which tied the program’s best-ever ranking set in 1996. Prior to becoming a head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff helping the Wildcats to a Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight , and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.



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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 44 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.



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