NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State University women’s basketball head coach Jessica Kern announced the hiring of former Lady Tiger Chelsea Hudson as an assistant coach.
Hudson, who played four seasons at Tennessee State from 2011-15, is the program’s 11thall-time leading scorer. She also led TSU to an OVC Championship and NCAA berth in 2015.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome a member of the Big Blue Family back home,” said head coach Jessica Kern. “A recent 30 under 30 recipient, Coach Hudson brings OVC championship experience as well as an extensive NJCAA recruiting base back to her alma mater. Her ability to relate to the players is priceless and her energy is infectious. While working with our post core, I am confident her hands on approach to learning, eye for detail and passion for the game will be a true asset as we continue to strive for excellence.”
Hudson, a 2019 WBCA Thirty Under 30 honoree, comes to Tennessee State following two years as an assistant coach at Panola College in Texas. In her first year with Panola, the Fillies were the Region XIV regular season champions and earned an NJCAA National Tournament At Large Bid. Panola College also ranked 19th in the nation during the 2017-18 campaign.
“I feel so grateful to be back," commented Hudson. "I am thankful for Coach Kern extending the opportunity. I believe in her and the staff she is building. I am excited to be a part of some great things we have brewing. Working at my alma mater feels right. I bleed blue and it feels good to be home.”
Prior to joining the Panola staff, Hudson had a successful stint with Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville, Tenn. Hudson helped lead the girl’s basketball team to a 25-5 record in 2016-17 while clinching a TSSAA Class AA State appearance for only the second time in school history. Hudson was named District 10-AA Assistant Coach of the Year after coaching the Lady Firebirds to TSSAA Class AA State runner up, Region 5-AA Runner Up, District 10-AA Tournament Champions, and District 10-AA Regular Season Champions.
As an undergrad with the TSU women’s basketball team, Hudson's accolades included All-OVC Tournament team, two-time All-OVC second-team, BoxtoRow All American and two-time BoxtoRow National Player of the Week. Hudson was also nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and was named the TSU Female Athlete of the Year in 2015.
A native of Midland, Texas, Chelsea graduated with a bachelor of science in Health Science from Tennessee State in 2013 before earning a master’s in Education in 2015.