A five-time All-American, Amber Hughes is one of the most decorated Tigerbelles in recent history. Throughout her career at TSU, she won 26 Ohio Valley Conference gold medals and helped the women’s track and field team win three OVC Team Championships.
Hughes, who graduated in May, competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the triple jump. She earned OVC Female Student-Athlete of the Year in 2017 and is the only person in OVC history to win Track Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Year in the same season.
She recently shared her TSU experience with TSUTigers.com
TSUTigers: Talk about your overall TSU experience.
A: TSU has helped develop me as a student-athlete and as a woman through many different experiences.
TSUTigers: What do you love most about TSU?
A: I love how I was nurtured and taken care of throughout my four years.
TSUTigers: What will you miss most about TSU?
A: I will mostly miss my coaches, my team, and my professors.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable moment in your sport at TSU?
A: My most memorable moments includes qualifying for the Olympic Trials and becoming the first OVC athlete to get both track, and field athlete of the year in the same season.
TSUTigers: What is your most memorable non-sport moment at TSU?
A: My most memorable non-sport moment was becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
TSUTigers: What are some accomplishments/goals that you reached at TSU?
A: I maintained an extremely high GPA all four years; as well as joining other campus organizations.
TSUTigers: Do you have a favorite TSU fan/supporter? If so, who?
A: My favorite TSU fan/supporter would be my coaches and friends.
TSUTigers: What advice would you give to incoming freshman?
A: My advice to them would be to stay focused and set goals for your-self.
TSUTigers: What was your most challenging class at TSU?
A: My most challenging class was Radio/TVNews I & II with Dr. Likes.
TSUTigers: Who was your favorite professor?
A: My favorite professor was Professor Luntz.
TSUTigers: What organizations were you a part of outside of your sport?
A: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., My Sisters Keeper Inc., Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Staff
TSUTigers: Who have been the most influential people to you at TSU?
A: The most influential people were my coaches.
TSUTigers: What’s next for you?
A: Going professional in track and field.
TSUTigers: Once you are an alumnus, how will you stay connected with TSU?
A: I will stay connected by coming to visit and keeping up with the latest news.
TSUTigers: What do you know now that you didn’t know coming in as a freshman?
A: I did not know how much freedom I was going to have.
TSU Tigers: What have you learned at TSU that you will keep with you for the rest of your life?
A: I have learned time management and how to handle business at all times.
TSUTigers: Is there anything else that you would like to say to the TSU family?
A: I would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to my experience at TSU. I greatly appreciate everything that everyone has done for me. Thank you!