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  • Writer's pictureRon McKeefery

IGCT Episode #320: Cody Hughes “Seek Answers”


Coach Hughes is entering his first year as the Director of Human Performance at Madison Academy in Madison, Alabama. He oversees the entire strength and conditioning program and oversees all training for students in 7th-12th grade.

Prior to MA, Hughes was a Sports Performance Specialist at the Authentic Performance Center in Denver, Colorado.

Before moving to Colorado, Hughes was the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning at McNeese State University, where he was responsible for all aspects of training for McNeese's baseball, softball, and volleyball teams. He also assisted with football, while programming specifically for quarterbacks and shoulder protocols.

Prior to McNeese, Hughes was a graduate assistant for the University of West Alabama under mentor, Joseph Boyd. At UWA, Hughes was responsible for all aspects of training for baseball, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, and football. Hughes was responsible for programming speed development and shoulder protocols for quarterbacks.

Hughes began his coaching career at Mississippi State University as an intern for the football program under coaches Nick Savage (University of Florida Football), Riley Allen (University of Mississippi Basketball), and Nate Peoples (University of Texas Football). Hughes was a three-year starting pitcher for the University of Montevallo, a Division II institution 30 miles south of Birmingham, Alabama.

Hughes graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology and Biomechanics, and also holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of West Alabama. Hughes is certified by the CSCCa (SCCC), NSCA (CSCS), and FMS (Level 1). Hughes is married to the former Connor Simmons. They live in Huntsville, Alabama with their black lab, Breken and are expecting their first child in June 2019.


In This Episode We Discuss:

  • What experience in his journey impacted him the most, and Why.

  • Biggest mistake he has made and how he learned from it.

  • Protecting against a "Grass is Greener" mentality.

  • Maintaining self awareness and authenticity.

  • Advocacy for the High School Strength Coach.

  • Best piece of coaching advice he has ever received.

  • His favorite quote, Book/App/Website recommendation.

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