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We’re proud of the man Trevor Hellman has become. Less than a year ago, he came on as a Coach Relations intern. We had never had a support-specific intern before Trev, so he was almost a guinea pig of sorts. We’re happy (read: relieved) to report he survived all seven months and joined us full time in December. Now, he’s no longer referred to as “Intern”, but “that kid who really loves Arsenal, almost to an unhealthy extent” and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Dani Werth has been part of the Hudl marketing team for six whole months now, but it feels like much longer. It was the middle of football season when she came in guns blazin’, and she’s made stuff look really, really good ever since. But we’ve had a few scares along the way – when the Hudl Plague struck in January, Dani emerged as the office germaphobe and worked from home for a solid week. And it’s a good thing she did, we’d hate to get the pregnant girl sick.

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Erik is a video wizard. If there’s a top 10 to be made or a highlight to spruce up, he’s the guy to see. He’s done it all for the Huskers and Aggies, and they’ve both had a history of doing okay, so we brought that good vibe back to the Good Life. Now he’s in charge of making our media a big deal. From game day to Signing Day, he makes sure reels are watched, because making our athletes look like pros is serious business.

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It’s that time of year again: Hudl is taking over Las Vegas. Half of the office is already there, working on hot new Hudl features to gear up for the company-wide retreat. Everybody else will join them Friday morning, which means our support lines will be closed all day Friday, March 28 and Monday, March 31. But that’s not to say we won’t be totally unreachable this weekend.

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Jordan Searcey is fit. Healthy Hudlies is a thing around here, and it’s pretty obvious she’s an active member. She’s a huge asset in any interoffice athletic competition, and eats really nutritious things while the rest of us chow down on catered-in pizza, Chinese and barbecue - delicious, but not as good for you. Which is why we’re so thankful she leads Hudl Bootcamp every Tuesday morning.

Long story short: If Sporty Spice had a spirit animal, it would be Jordan.

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Chad has a lot going on. On top of celebrating his one-year anniversary at Hudl just a few weeks ago, he’s in the middle of “planning” a wedding. Add his fatherly responsibilities to the mix, and it’s pretty amazing he doesn’t require 12 hours of sleep a night. (We don’t watch him sleep or anything. He admits to snoozing a normal amount of time.) It must be his giant brain. How else does one person have so much software knowledge and a knack for movie quotes? Movie quotes require serious memory space!

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Visit the Hudl office and you won’t miss Lyndsey Haag. Not because she’s tall or has prime desk real estate, but because she has quite the voice. You’ll always hear her before you see her; but it’s the happiest voice, so we refuse to complain. We just wish we could be that excited all the time. It worked well enough when she was in support - coaches couldn’t be too upset with her on the other end - but the girl was born to do sales. Seriously, good luck saying no to that face.

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Jameson Rexilius is not Jameson Rexilius’ real name. His real name is Robb Jameson Rexilius, but he’s never gone by Robb. He’s gone by just about everything else: Jamie, Rex, Rexy, J. Rex, and his Hudl application may or may not have said R.J. Regardless of what you call him, Jameson is a pretty good guy. He’s a member of the elite group of Hudlies who coach on the side, making him an awesome source for all things football. What’s extra special is his height. Being one of the tallest people in the office makes it much easier for people with an important question to find you.

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Angela Wickard does it all. Coming from a small town in western Nebraska, she didn’t have much of a choice but to get involved in everything. From drama to music to sports, the girl has knowledge on just about every extra-curricular activity, including rugby! And when she isn’t busy playing sports or doing culture things, she pretends to rap. We have yet to witness one her attempts, but we trust that when the time comes, she’ll crush it.

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Jordan Heintzelman gets stuff done. When business needs tending to, he tends to it, no jokes allowed. But that’s not to say he doesn’t joke around. He’s pretty good at it. It takes a trained ear to catch on to his dry sense of humor, but once you do, he’s a pretty entertaining guy. And man, does he love biking. He bikes to work almost every day (no easy task when Nebraska becomes especially snowy and slippery) and has a bike tattoo on his leg.

It’s like we said before - the man means business.

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Tina Kletchka is tiny, and we don’t throw that word around too freely. It’s used in this case because she’s arguably the smallest person at the company. Stand-up desks are a thing around the Hudl office. Tina has one that’s about as tall as other people’s normal sit-down setups. But she embraces the small! She even admitted that if she were to be any non-princess Disney character, it would be Tinkerbell because she’s small and feisty. That’s Tina to a T.

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Andrew Brinkman is a project manager making sure our basketball product is awesome and the mobile apps do their thing. Neither of those is a small task, but he’s been doing well for the last year, so we’ll keep him around, mostly because we have a hunch he knows the secret to getting hundreds of thousands of retweets. Once he fills us in, we’ll sever ties.

Just kidding, he’s really great and a huge asset to the Hudl Product Team and we’re never letting him go.

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Hannah Newberry has been with Hudl for just over a year, but you’d think it was five or six. She only spent a couple of months supporting our coaches before moving into sales. Once she was there, she couldn’t be stopped. When Hudl Club & Youth first became a thing, its department had three people - total - and she was one of them. Now, she’s in charge of getting a much larger Club & Youth squad in gear, and we have total faith she’ll crush it.

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Nick Adams sees the best of every world on a regular basis. Being from western New York, he can get a taste of the outdoors or the big city anytime he feels like it. Then, anytime he visits the Hudl offices, he gets a good dose of smaller city livin’ and infamous Midwestern hospitality.

We say ‘anytime’ because Nick works remotely from his house in Rochester. In fact, most Hudlies see Nick’s designs more often than they see Nick in the flesh. But maybe he likes it that way…

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One of the many benefits of working at Hudl is the opportunity to take part in Hudl Helps - a program that allows employees to donate to a charity or non-profit of their choice on behalf of the company. Recently, 16 Hudlies took the initiative to pool their Hudl Helps funds and make one large donation to the Lincoln YMCA’s annual Strong Kids campaign.

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Sometime Trey Boyer is Troy Beyer. Sometimes he’s Trygga Trey. Sometimes he’s good luck, and as soon as he’s bad luck he changes locations. It all makes sense, you just have to keep reading. What we’ll tell you now is that Trey has been a pretty awesome member of Hudl Support since joining the team eight months ago. He’s so good, in fact, that sales stole him away just this month.

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Briana Campbell has spunk. That’s putting things in the simplest terms. She’s always smiling, always having the time of her life, just making friends left and right. We have a feeling the pep in her step is partially (probably entirely) fueled by her deep love for pop music. She’s also the daughter of Hercules, so there are probably powers of awesome that come with that title. Whatever it is, we like it. And her.

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Jason McClanathan is our go-to guy for two very important things: mobile apps and soccer. (So if you love fútbol and your phone or tablet, Jason is your favorite Hudlie by default.) We’re glad he likes soccer because if he didn’t, he may have never become a coach. And if he hadn’t been a coach, he may have never known about Hudl. And if he’d never known about Hudl, we wouldn’t have such an awesome guy working on our awesome iOS and Android apps.

And that’s not even the best thing to come from his coaching career!

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Allison Regan prefers to go by “Alli”, but when she joined Hudl in January, the office already had two Alli(e)s, so she’s graciously going by her full name. That’s one reason to like her a lot.

Her connections to the Lincoln bar scene are another reason. Anytime Hudlies need a place to let loose, Alli’s our girl. Of course she’s happy to oblige, because Alli loves having fun. She might even rank in the top five funnest Hudlies. We only say ‘might’ because there’s never been an actual vote. We’ll get on that ASAP.

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Brett Kunz has been around for quite some time. He started in support in 2009, and there’s not much he hasn’t done. In fact, there’s a chance he’ll end up doing some things a second time. But he’s good at said things, so it’s fine. We just want him to stick around because karaoke wouldn’t be the same without him.

Name a tune and he’ll crush it - sometimes without ever looking at the lyrics. You could say it’s his superpower.

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After an informal poll, it seems 33% of Hudlies think Christmas cheer is allowed to begin well before Turkey Day (i.e., the day after Halloween). That number may not be the majority, but we think it’s enough to justify listing ways in which the holidays are awesome today - the day before Thanksgiving.

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Tyler Deboer isn’t the chattiest Hudlie. Which is fine, because he doesn’t work in support, so it’s not like he has to answer calls and talk to coaches all the time. But we do wish he spoke up just a little more, because anytime he does, it’s great. If you know anyone with a really dry sense of humor, Tyler’s is drier. You may think that’s impossible. It’s not.

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Here at Hudl, we love fall for many reasons: days fly by with hundreds of support calls, football games are playing on every TV in the office daily, and the chilly weather has made the Keurig provided by our office managers that much better. Now that fall sports are coming to an end, one may think the Hudlies are disappointed.

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Erin Wacker is very Nebraskan. We’re not just saying that because she was born and raised in a small Nebraska town before attending the University of Nebraska. And not because she knows how to handle cold weather. And definitely not because the Huskers are her favorite football team, because duh.

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High school football is what the American sports culture is all about. There’s something special about a crisp Friday night in the fall. As communities across the country come together to cheer on their teams, Hudl is hard at work making sure everything is ready to go for coaches and athletes to start breaking down film after the game. We love being a part of it. The passion around high school football is felt every week in our offices. It drives us to be better at our jobs, because after all, we’re fans too.

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Ian Anderson has red hair. It’s an undeniable fact. While pop culture loves to poke fun at people like Ian, we see it as one of many reasons to love him. In fact, Ian’s nickname around the office is Sweet Ginge – “Ginge” for short. As far as we know, he’s come to embrace it. Which is great, because even if he didn’t like, not a lot of people actually know his real name. So “Ginge” is here to stay, but where did he come from?

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Levi Nelson is a pretty cool guy. That’s really the simplest way to encompass his level of cool. We could talk about how he’s dominated his role as a product designer since joining Hudl in February, but with how creative and dedicated he is - don’t even get us started on his #realtalk prowess - we’d be here for days.

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We can’t tell if Kyle Bradburn enjoys football. Maybe you can help us out: He started playing right around the time he learned to walk. He played in high school and took some snaps at a couple of different colleges. When he was done playing, he had coaching stints at two high schools and one university. Now he’s in charge of selling Hudl Recruit to anyone and everyone.

When he’s not busy loving football, he’s giving everyone a hard time. Literally everyone. Nobody is safe from his jabs. But the best part about Bradburn is that he can take anything he dishes out, and then some.

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‘Sass’ is an awesome word. Just say it out loud. It even sounds sassy. And when Bailey Andreesen used it to describe herself in her Hudl application, we were hooked. The best part is Bailey didn’t score big in the height department, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d mistake her for a pushover.

Don’t mistake her for a pushover. She’s been a lot of places and seen a lot of places, and you don’t survive those adventures by coasting through life. You need attitude. And she’s got it.

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While Dustin McKenna is definitely one of the nicest guys in the Hudl office, he also has a knack for keeping everyone in line. That’s not to say he’s bossy by any means, but just knowing you’re in a shared space with an Army platoon leader is enough to make anyone behave.

The intimidation ends there, though. Unless you’re a duck, Dustin is totally harmless.

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We promise this isn’t a dating profile. Matt Sheets has been with Hudl for a little over a year and absolutely crushes his role in quality assurance – as evidenced by the Dominate award he won earlier this year.

But rather than talk about his daily routine of making sure athlete profile pages are cool, awesome and totally sick, we figured we’d dig a little deeper to learn about the real Sheets. Because you never truly know a person until you know their astrological sign, right? We thought so.

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Kelli Thoms is Adrian Peterson. Hear us out: She grew up a big Vikings fan, so naturally she loves AP. Like Adrian, Kelli goes “all day” helping coaches with their Hudl issues. Like Adrian, she’s not concerned with breaking or setting records, as long as the team comes away with the W.

Unlike Adrian, Kelli hasn’t had to bounce back from any season-ending injuries, but she does get pelted by Nerf bullets on a daily basis. But she never lets it affect her game. She might actually thrive off of it. We think AP would do the same.

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Hudl underwent a Pulverenti invasion earlier this year. In one month, both Erik and Scott became full-time Hudlies. Must be something in the water they drank as kids.

Scott’s the younger of the pair, but you could say he’s wise beyond his years. The guy has big plans for the sport of football – not like he’s going to suit-up in the NFL or anything, but he wants to change the rules of the gridiron. Judge for yourself whether these suggested regulations would hurt or help.

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Jared Stauffer is a fun guy. Anytime you see him, you can just tell he’s having the time of his life. Catching him without a smile is like finding that pot of gold at the end of a rainbow – not likely. But can you blame him? His duty as Facilities Manager is to make sure everyone else is happy, and that’s kind of hard to do if you’re not a happy person.

And when he’s not installing soda machines in the Hudl kitchen or naming our meeting rooms “Bo Jackson” and “The Babe”, he’s playing ping pong. The man’s got it made.

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Jessica Asbury never really “planned” on supporting coaches – the girl double-majored in British literature and advertising. And while we’re sure plenty of coaches appreciate a quiet evening in with Shakespeare, Jessica isn’t exactly integral to that experience.

She is, however, pretty necessary whenever a computer isn’t cooperating or game film isn’t where it should be. In the 16 months since she joined Hudl, she’s become a Coach Relations guru who doesn’t shy away from crazy Hudl issues. But remember: this wasn’t part of the plan.

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If you take one look at Andy Dakin, you have to assume he means all kinds of serious business. Check out that beard. You can’t mess with a guy who grows that kind of facial hair. But, we have a confession: the beard is a scare tactic. You can’t find a nicer guy than Andy anywhere in the Hudl office.

We’re doing our best to thank Andy and the rest of the Fan team for the awesome new athlete profiles, but it sounds like the best way to show our gratitude is by building a Taco Bell in Hudl. We’ll start taking collections now.

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Well, well, well, so we meet again. It’s college football season, and while I can’t speak for everyone at Hudl, I know I’ve tried passing the time from last January any way I can. Now (finally), here we are. It’s August, a time for healing of the mind and soul as we sit on the couch all weekend watching football, football and more football.

And what better way to fully prepare for the upcoming season than by watching a Hudl-made top 10 moments of last season? So let’s check that out and get ready for Vandy and Ole Miss to sling it around tomorrow night.

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Greg Nelson is our resident football coach. It goes without saying that’s a pretty big deal. A year ago, he was in Coach Support, helping kindred spirits win. Now he’s a full-fledged member of our Product team, managing projects like Practice Scripts and Playbook.

But don’t get carried away in assuming he’s good at all things football. He got bumped to Hudl B-League Fantasy this year, and it’s become his mission to regain A-League status.

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If you want a Hudl coming-of-age story, just look at Maggie Potthoff. She joined our intern team last fall, helping with all things marketing (that means swag) and transitioned into Coach Relations just a few months ago. Consider this our “proud parent” moment. Our baby is all grown up, and who doesn’t love an opportunity to brag about their offspring?

At first glance, Maggie seems mild-mannered and sweet, but don’t be fooled. She’s a ball of sass who would karate chop unsuspecting strangers on national television if it meant winning Miss USA. And those are her words, not ours.

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Since Josh Megrue joined Hudl this spring, Hudl’s overall soccer fandom has increased by a lot. That’s not to say we didn’t have soccer fans before. We already had a handful – some of whom even coach! But Josh is a superfan and he has all the gear to prove it. While most Hudlies wear a different Hudl shirt every day, Josh has just as many jerseys.

His love for the game could come from the fact that he was never really built for American football, but who says he needs a reason? Do people have legitimate reasons for loving Shark Week so much? It actually terrifies Josh, so we’ll take a look at some other stuff he does enjoy.

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Shane Piper is our National Sales Manager. See, our sales team is awesome to begin with, but it doesn’t hurt that they have a guy like Shane to turn to - just in case. It’s a big deal and he’s doing big things with it.

What’s even better is he’s only been at Hudl for a few months. He comes to work every day with a smile (possibly the biggest smile in the office), puts on his leader hat and gets stuff done. We like him for that. Feel free to check out the plethora of other reason he’s so likable.

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Miranda Smith has seen it all. She joined Hudl a little over two years ago and has totally lost track of how many official titles she’s had since. You would think so many transitions would wear a person out, but she kind of already runs her own business on the side, so it’s really no big deal.

Oh, and she had a baby boy in January – acquiring yet another title as the First Hudlie to Become a Mommy In-Office. Almost sounds presidential.

She has a lot of fun facts to share about growing up, so we’ll let her take it from here.

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Sometimes we forget Brett Shamblin’s name is Brett Shamblin. We forget because everyone calls him Shambo in a really loud, aggressive way. There’s an SNL skit where Will Ferrell plays a total fratstar. Shambo is Hambone. We’re getting off topic.

What you actually need to know about Shambo is he’s considered one of the most athletic Hudlies. But we didn’t hire him for his vertical. He’s on board because we like him as a person. It’s hard not to when you hear about the service trip he just took to Jamaica with a bunch of high school seniors. How’d he get so great?

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Ashley Broesch knows Hudl. At least, we hope so. Because she’s our Training Coordinator, which means she’s in charge of training literally everyone - Hudlies, coaches, athletes and parents - on all things Hudl.

When a new feature comes out, Broesch makes sure our support team knows how to answer coaches questions. When coaches sign up for online training sessions, Broesch is probably the one running them. (She’s not real big on baseball and wrestling, so you might get someone else there.)

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Now that June has come and gone, we’re officially getting ready to kick football mode into high gear. As more and more teams get ready for fall camp, our days become busier and busier.

But before we plunge headfirst into the abyss we like to call ‘August’, let’s recap the first half of the year. Spoiler alert: There’s been a lot of busy.

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Our world-class support wouldn’t be what it is if we didn’t have Bryant Bone leading the charge. Our VP-Coach Relations has been part of the Hudl team for five years, and we’d be remiss not to commend just how good he is at keeping everyone in line.

We could talk your ear off about Bone’s history with the company (including the fact that he’s the only Hudlie to ever hold the title of “Client Support Engineer”), but he’s really the man of the hour/week because tomorrow is his wedding day.

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Troy’s been with Hudl since the beginning of May and we can’t imagine life without him. We’ve been busy ramping up our Club & Youth experience for the last few months, but it helps having someone around to make sure there aren’t any loose ends.

While we’re big fans of the work he’s put in, one of our favorite things about Troy is his history with our new office. What’s now “Hudl East” on 9th and P used to be a hip dance club. As luck would have it, our new “lobby” is the very spot Troy met his now-wife, Krista. Fate is real, people. The stars have aligned to bring us awesome new office space and an equally awesome quality analyst.

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Forget the NBA Finals – Tuesday is a much bigger day in the eyes of Hudlies, as 14 teams will endure a day-long double-elimination 3-on-3 basketball tournament in downtown Lincoln. We will begin bright and early at 7 a.m., with 25 games leading up to the Championship at 5:30 p.m.

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Eric Broulette is easily the most photogenic Hudlie to date. His smile can light up a room and his friendly disposition radiates in every Kodak lucky enough to capture even the tiniest glimpse of him.

We lovingly refer to him as Brew. Some people don’t even know Eric is his real name. You really do learn something new every day, huh?

Long story short, Brew joined Hudl a little over two years ago and spends his days keeping Coach Relations in line. He claims to love his job and says he can’t imagine doing anything else. Except maybe playing professional sports. But he doesn’t even really like sports that much.

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If you assume summer marks the end of basketball, you couldn’t be more wrong.

The Hudl office is just getting ramped up for one of our most exciting developments in company history: New Hudl for Basketball. If you attended any of our Hudl Up Tour stops, you may have seen a sneak peek of what’s coming down the pipe, and hopefully you are as excited as everyone here.

To get everyone else pumped, we’re going to hit you with a lot of basketball material over the coming months.

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Morgan Hohbein is sneaky. She does all kinds of stuff around the Hudl office, but you wouldn’t know unless you were really paying attention. Yeah, she’s a rockstar when it comes to supporting coaches, but the girl dabbles in account management and participates in all kinds of interoffice activities on top of those phone and email-answering duties.

None of this comes as a surprise to anyone who knows Morgan. See, she also puts together the monthly Healthy Hudlie newsletter. It’s chock-full of tips for nutritious eating, quick workouts, and community events focused on fitness. And she’s the one writing it because she actually lives it.

This isn’t anything new. Get a glimpse at her life story and you’ll see she’s always had a thing for staying actively busy.

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Matt Munger hasn’t been at Hudl too long - about six months, if we’re getting specific - but he’s already making waves with all things football. That makes him pretty great in our book.

The high-quality work he produces is cranked out at a pace most likely set by Daft Punk. Rumor has it the duo is featured as his computer’s wallpaper. But as an upbeat group of people, we pass no judgment.

Rumor also has it that he’s one of the youngest software engineers here, if not the actual baby.

Mind. Blown.

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John Prauner has been part of the business development team for about five months now. He hopped on board in December as the brains of our new fundraising operation, and it would be hard to deny the impact he’s made. Our Insider Accounts are in full swing and Campaigns are on the horizon. JP is more excited than anyone.

Which is great, because the only reason we hired him in the first place was to keep his younger brothers, Seth and Todd, in line. It’s nice to see everyone coming out on top.

Especially considering John was previously employed at a bacon factory, and you can’t beat bacon. You just can’t.

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Eric Clymer has been with Hudl for nearly five years. He started as a QA contractor when he was just a freshman at UNL, then he moved on to QA Intern, then Development Intern, and now he’s a full-time Software Engineer.

He works primarily with the Fan team doing all things highlights, so he thoroughly enjoys the process of creating and sharing them. He really just enjoys sharing any and all links possible. You’d never guess by the answers he provided, though.

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Allie Harman joined the Hudl team in January 2011 as a member of our Internal Sales team that doesn’t go by ‘Internal Sales’ anymore. (We like to change titles pretty regularly. Don’t worry about it.)

Now, she’s part of the business development team and number one baller in Hudl for Club & Youth. Ask her about our new Basic and Elite packages and you’ll be amazed by how good she is at her job.

Outside the office walls, Allie is doing something Husker-y. Whether it’s attending a game or just wearing one of her million Nebraska pullovers, the girl bleeds Husker red. And I mean that literally - she cut her finger earlier this week and I saw it. Sorry if you’re squeamish, we’ll get to the good stuff:

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Jake Mullins is a Quality Assurance Analyst. That means he’s dedicated to making sure Hudl does what it’s supposed to and then some. He’s been with the product team for two years this month and, though he complains about his muggle upbringing, he’s 100% Hudl wizard.

When he’s not at work, Jake’s busy obsessing over superheroes. And when we say obsessing, we mean he’s so consumed by Clark Kent and company, it could be at the disease level. But that’s totally fine, because he’s basically our product team Superman. Just keep reading to learn more about this man of steel and kid at heart.

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Jason West joined Hudl coach support in June 2012 and it didn’t take long for people to like him. Really, the main reason he’s this week’s Hudlie is because he’s zero percent diva and assured us he can be himself even in the spotlight.

He’s the resident pro on all things baseball, so if you sign up for one of those training sessions, you’re guaranteed to learn a thing or two.

When it comes to Jason, just know his excited voice is eerily similar to his calm voice. Not to say that’s a bad thing; just a heads-up to read this entire thing in monotone for the full effect.

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If you thought things around here slowed down after football season, you’re mistaken. Once winter hits, clinic season begins.

In the past few months, we’ve sent Hudlies to nearly 200 clinics across the United States - and up in Canada - to talk to coaches about Hudl.

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Coach Support Specialist Tom Grant joined the Hudl team in January 2013 and has been crushing it in his first few months. He hit the ground running and we haven’t really been able to contain him since he was released from New Hire Training.

Whether he’s handling remote sessions or fielding calls, the dude makes a mission of helping coaches win.

When he’s not busy at the office, he’s watching or listening to any game in progress. He has a favorite team for almost every sport and plenty of favorite athletes whom he’d love to talk about whenever you get a minute. Until then, he’ll fill you in on life and stuff.

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Toby Schroder is a product designer with a year or ten of experience. At one point, he ran his own design firm just across the street from where he’s working now. You know, in the Haymarket. In Lincoln. Across from 8th and P Streets.

Anyway, he gets things done and we love him for it, but when he’s not busy making Hudl look awesome, he’s spending time with his wife and kids. You should ask to see pictures of his kids. Really. Most of the time people just shove them in your face and you’re all like, “Seriously, your child looks like every other one I’ve seen.” But the Schroders know how to do Halloween. That’s all I’ll say.

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Safe to say we’re pretty excited to head to Las Vegas this weekend for our company-wide retreat. We head out Friday morning and get back late Monday.

You never know what kind of phone situation a hotel will provide, so here’s what’s going down while we’re gone.**

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Lyndsey’s been a member of the Hudl Sales Team for exactly two years and one month. The tricky part is that she spends more time on the road than in the actual office - she’s been in Nebraska a total of 20 days in 2013.

The girl may as well become a pilot and fly herself, she travels so much.

But that’s not why we like Lyndsey. She gets stuff done and doesn’t let anything get in her way - unless it’s pollen season. She can take on a room full of the toughest coaches without breaking a sweat; but throw some flowers in her face and she’s completely incapacitated.

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In honor of the glorious return of March Madness, we turned to one of our biggest basketball fans for Hudlie of the Week.

Tyler Bell joined Coach Support in June 2012 and we knew he was trouble from the start. With fake screen names and scary Photoshop skills, he quickly earned the title of office prankster.

Tyler switched roles late last year and now spends his day as an account manager. All that really means is his list of targets has grown. Nobody is safe.

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Erik Person has been part of the Hudl team longer than almost anyone, but that doesn’t mean we all know him super well.

You see, Erik lives in Texas. We try not to judge him for it, but when the guy’s a pilot and doesn’t use his flying abilities to make frequent Lincoln visits, grudges are held. Then he makes some witty comment and gets everyone to laugh and we’re magically unmad. It’s so unfair.

In all seriousness, Erik is a funny guy. If he wasn’t working at Hudl, he’d be the third member of the Penn, Teller and Person comedy and magic trio - taller than Teller, but less verbal than Penn. Really, he said that. Here’s what else he said.

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Sara Breen is a Coach Relations rockstar. The girl has dominated support and is a go-to for the billing and sales departments. Whatever you throw Breen’s way, consider it done.

While her work ethic is a decent reason to keep her around the office, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that one of our favorite things about Sara is her inner Martha Stewart. I’m sure we could all blame a couple of extra pounds on her. Cheesecake chocolate chip bars, chocolate caramel brownies, Rolo-stuffed snickerdoodles - the woman is a kitchen magician.

She has some radical opinions on the better parts of this great nation, but we don’t argue for fear of a dessert embargo.

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Mike Williams joined the Hudl team in June of 2012 and we’ve been big fans from the start. As a product designer, it’s Mike’s job to design experiences and interfaces for Hudl products and features. He makes Hudl look good.

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Daniel Mickells joined the Hudl team in May of 2011 as a Coach Support Specialist and worked his way into account management later that year.

Daniel is more of the strong silent type. He doesn’t say much, but when he does, it’s worth hearing - mostly because he’s too sarcastic for his own good.

Aside from that, he’s known around the office for his panhandling. Really, swing by his desk at Hudl headquarters and you’ll see signs asking for your change. It’s just a Halloween bit that’s gotten out of control, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves:

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February marks Tyson Stewart’s two-year anniversary with Hudl and if there’s a better way to celebrate than making him Hudlie of the Week, well, we don’t really care.

Tyson is a DevOps Lead. He’s in charge of making sure Hudl is fast and functional and makes sure the product team can quickly crank out new features. All of this means he’s pretty smart.

So smart, in fact, that he was able to write a pretty killer haiku, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

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You’ll never hear another Hudlie call Ryan Stubbe by his first name. He’s just Stubbe (pronounced stoo-bee).

Stubbe started at Hudl in September of 2011 as a Coach Support Specialist. That winter, he moved to Account Management and just last fall, he became one of our internal sales representatives.

The man can’t be contained.

More often than not, he’s the butt of office jokes, but it’s all said and done out of love. Once you see what he has to say for himself, you’ll see exactly where we’re coming from.

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You should hear about Mathew May’s Spring of 2012, then you’ll get a pretty good idea of the kind of guy he is: In a three-week span, Mathew graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, started working at Hudl as a Coach Support Specialist, and got married. In three weeks. And he lived to tell about it!

While that’s impressive, what really stands out about Mathew is his assumed role as office handyman. When there’s a desk or chair that needs fixing or assembling, Mathew is your guy.

He’s also pretty good at making people laugh. It’s because of guys like him that a sarcastic font should exist.

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It’s no secret we’re a bunch of nerds who love sports, but when Caitlin Donohoe tells you she loves sports, she means it.

She has a pretty polarizing list of favorite teams, including the New York Yankees and Creighton Bluejay basketball. You can try arguing with her about either, but you may not make it out alive.

Lucky for us, that same passion fuels her work with our Coach Relations team. We also lucked out in her decision to stick around Lincoln, Neb. for a while. She’s never been the kind of person to stay in one place for too long.

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Abraham Chavez spends his days making sure Hudl.com is running as it should and fixing things when they break. He probably just became your favorite person, but even when you get to know him, Abraham is quite the mystery. For example: He only goes by Abraham in the office. His closest friends call him Diego and chances are that a lot of Hudlies didn’t know that until right about now.

We could spend hours trying to convince you how soft-spoken he is, but take a glance at his life story and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

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You may recognize Project Manager Kyle Deterding from his world famous promotional videos, you may not. You should however, get to know him, considering he was one of the driving forces behind our new mobile pages.

Aside from making awesome things like Top Play, Kyle spends his workday strolling through the Hudl office, making sure everyone sees his bright and shining face at some point. He’s just super popular. Let’s find out how that happened.

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Todd Prauner has been around. He started in Coach Support in 2010 and moved to Internal Sales a year later. After that, he was dubbed our Financial Analyst. Currently, he’s a Coach Relations Lead, but that comes after his little stint as an Account Manager.

He’s pretty much the man and he has plenty of interesting tidbits to share. He’ll take it from here:

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Believe it or not, there’s plenty of girl power in the Hudl office. While our main job is keeping the boys in line, we’ve done our fair share of supporting coaches, managing accounts, and blasting some tweets.

Brianna Black has actually done it all. She started in May with Coach Support and became an Account Manager just last month. That transition is exciting and everything, but this girl’s life is pretty interesting. Only her words can do it any justice.

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‘Twas the end of football season and all the little Hudlies were tucked away behind their desks, with thoughts of holiday cheer dancing through their heads. Holiday music filled the office, from classics like “Oh Holy Night” to “Jingle Bells”, and what 90s girl can pass up the ‘NSync Christmas CD?

Christmas came early to the office when Hudl swag and Secret Santa presents appeared.

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We’re taking a little break from blogging while everyone heads home for the holidays. But before we go, we’ll leave you with another Hudlie of the Week.

Brandon Gries is an Event Coordinator, a basketball fan, and a candy fiend. He’s Nebraska born and raised and would give anything to become best friends with Tim Miles.

We wish we could share the home videos from Brandon’s younger years, but his descriptive life story will have to do the trick.

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In honor of yesterday’s Mobile Highlights announcement, we took the time to get to know the brains of the operation, Luke Stevens.

Luke joined Hudl as a software engineer in October of this year and has already made a big impact on our mobile team. When he’s not busy at the office, he likes hanging out with his dog, Riley.

We’re not sure if Riley knows everything we’re about to learn, but we’ll start with the basics, courtesy of Luke himself.

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We stayed within the Support Pit for our next Hudlie of the Week. This time, we’re getting to know Coach Relations Lead Mark Ketcham.

Mark joined Hudl Coach Support in July 2011, but he had plenty going for him before that. We’ll let him fill you in.

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We have ample opportunity to get to know our coaches and players. Now, it’s your turn to get to know us. Every week we’ll sit down with a member of the Hudl team and figure out how his or her mind works.

To kick things off, we give you Coach Support Specialist Mike Hays.

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Famed Oregon track coach and co-founder of Nike, Bill Bowerman once said “If you have a body, you’re an athlete.” We couldn’t agree more.

Comin’ at you, most likely from a box in their parents’ basement: Hudlies share their greatest athletic accomplishments through Top Plays.

Enjoy.

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Breast cancer really sucks. As a way to support continuing progress in breast cancer research, we’ll be selling a limited-run Breast Cancer Awareness t-shirt. Shirts will be on sale from today (9/6) until Sunday, September 16.

The price for the shirt is $20. We have a group of Hudlies headed to the Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure. All proceeds from the shirt sales will go to the race.

Order your shirts here. Let’s help Dominate Cancer.

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July was a busy month for the Hudl Support Team. Even though football season is still a few weeks away, we’re taking more and more calls every week.

Here are some stats from the month of July.

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With all the new Hudl features, updates, and changes coming out before the fall season, one may begin to wonder if those Hudlies ever have time to go out and have any fun. Rest assured, we always make time for fun and some friendly competition.

Here’s what Hudlies have been up to this summer.

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It has been more than a year since initiating Hudl Helps, where each employee can donate $250 to a charity that is important to them.

This year Ian decided he wanted to give his donation to a foundation that is extremely important to one of his fellow Hudl employees, Haylie. He donated to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a non-profit foundation that funds and supports research for children’s cancer.

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Check out our updated support hours for the Fall 2012 football season.

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We’ve been adding a lot of new talent to our awesome team in the last few months. Tonight we’ll be celebrating the newest batch of Hudlies completing three grueling weeks of Hudl training.

We asked the new crew to choose a song they would use for their stinger or the song that would be used for the made-for-TV movie about their lives. You’ll see the selection was just as varied as the new personalities we have in the office, which is awesome.

Hopefully we’re providing some new music to take you into your weekend.

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When it came time to pick our June Book of the Month, I went straight to our resident Coach. Greg, one of our Coach Support Leads, is currently reading War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team.

Here’s why we’re all vying for his copy.

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When the Hudl Helps program was announced last year, I was ecstatic. I knew I would choose to give my money to the People’s City Mission in Lincoln. PCM is an organization whose purpose is to meet the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, and health care for impoverished people locally.

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We want to welcome all of the new coaches to the Hudl family! We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work with you and your coaching staff to deliver tools that save you time and help you win.

For any coaches coming from APEX, we want you to know that the APEX software is yours to use as long as you like.

There are some immediate benefits that we are excited to offer all teams paying for an APEX or Hudl subscription in 2012, including:

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Happy Friday! Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

  • Jim Leyland asks the media for help in umpire accountability.
  • Instagram takes MLB by storm.
  • Mobile is revolutionizing education.
  • A look behind the scenes at the Canadian Paralympic commercial.
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We love our Hudl t-shirts around here. So much that it’s rumored our CEO, David Graff, has upwards of 90 shirts in his closet at home. We want even more coaches and athletes to be able to enjoy the shirts as much as we do, so we’re offering our shirts for $5.

We have three shirts available this month with a $5 price tag.

Check them out. And order a bunch.

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The Hudl Up Tour ended with a bang at the New York Jets facility on May 17. We had an awesome seven weeks traveling the country. Thanks for making it a great event.

Here are some numbers behind the tour.

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Hudl support lines will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day. Phone Lines will reopen on Tuesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. CT.

We’ll be responding to emails sent to support@hudl.com, and Platinum teams will still receive 24/7 support.

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One year ago today the small community of Joplin, Mo. experienced one of the deadliest tornadoes in this nation’s history. The storm, nearly 1-mile wide, killed 160 people in a matter of minutes.

Head Football Coach, Chris Shields, was new to the program in 2011 and was living about five hours away from Joplin in Wentzville, Mo. when the tornado hit. He turned on the television only to see the house he was moving into in a week was flattened and everything was destroyed. I had the opportunity to catch up with him a few weeks ago to see how the rebuild was coming.

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Last week marked the final week of the Hudl Up Tour. Brandon and some Hudlies traveled to Pittsburgh, Rochester, Boston, and ended the week at the Jets facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Thanks to all the coaches who traveled to an event over the last seven weeks. It was great getting the chance to meet you as well as learn from you.

Here are some of our favorite tweets from last week:

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This Week:

  • How Yahoo! Killed Flickr
  • Why You Should Start CrossFit Tomorrow
  • Why Textbooks Just Won’t Go Away
  • How much rest is too much rest for an NBA playoff team?
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Happy Friday! Here’s what Hudlies have been reading this week:

  • Paralyzed Woman Runs the London Marathon
  • London Goes to Great Lengths to Secure Olympic Host Site
  • A Tastier Way to Sooth a Sore Throat
  • Hot American Airline Deal Gone Wrong
  • Make Your Team More Efficient with Google Docs
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This week:

  • Junior Seau Remembered
  • How to Save a Life with Facebook
  • New Ways of Finding Ideas
  • Husker Baseball Does a Rain Dance
  • Finding Football’s Sabermetrics
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For my Hudl Helps donation, I chose to support the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also directly invest in treatment and recovery.

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A few weeks ago, we welcomed four new members to our support team. They’ve gone through rigorous training on all things Hudl and are prepared to start helping our coaches win.

Check out some background information on the new Hudlies.

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Check out the articles that a few Hudlies are reading this week:

  • How to avoid common tech taxes
  • Hackers elect cartoon character to D.C. school board
  • An employee handbook that doesn’t suck
  • A breakdown of the best online storage apps
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This week:

  • Noel Mazzone featured on Smart Football
  • Reasons CEOs (and everyone else) should tweet.
  • Alabama’s shattered National Championship Trophy
  • Fenway celebrates 100.
  • Best hotels for wireless internet
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Ian (or Sweet Ginge, as we call him in the office) led some Hudlies up the West Coast and over to Boise last week for the second week of the Hudl Up Tour. It was another week of learning awesome things from coaches and getting the chance to answer some specific questions about Hudl.

See pictures, follow the tour, or sign up for an upcoming stop at www.hudluptour.com.

Here are some great quotes from our panelists last week:

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Happy Friday! In today’s weekly Hudl:

  • Augmented reality with Project Glass.
  • The future of books is explored.
  • Tricks to keep energy up at practice.
  • Reason’s behind Instragram’s $1 Billion price tag.
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In this week’s Weekly Hudl:

  • Nolan Ryan and Robin Ventura speak for the first time in 19 years.
  • Fenway patrons question promotional tactics.
  • Lifehacker gives important fridge-stocking tips.
  • Flying Cars to hit the market in 2013.
  • Ridiculously photogenic guy’s face goes viral.
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This month, we’re rolling out our book of the month series. Each month, we’ll highlight a member of the Hudl crew and give you an inside look at a book that has motivated them to be a better coach, athlete, or person.

We want to share the literary love – ‘Like’ our post about the book on our Facebook page and be entered to win a free copy of the book.

Kicking things off this month is Kyle Bradburn, internal sales representative. His favorite book is Called to Coach by Bobby Bowden.

Here are his thoughts:

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This week:

  • A new app lets you split bar tabs by bumping phones
  • A study that shows wearing a mouth guard during lifting might actually increase your maxes
  • Tom Herman shows us some great off-season QB drills
  • Facebook tells us when our relationships will end
  • Four marketing campaigns that will knock your socks off
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We’re hiring, and we’d love to meet you.

We’ll be at Zen’s Lounge in downtown Lincoln on Tuesday, April 3 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Come learn more about our open positions.

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This week: Mystery sounds coming from the ground in a small Wisconsin town, Google Chrome makes its climb to #1, we begin to rethink anything we’ve ever known about branding, the state of Ohio single-handedly takes over March Madness, and a little weekend motivation.

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What happens when you combine 45 Hudlies, a regular workday, and the lyrical genius of Marky Mark? It seems like the only logical thing to follow would be an office-wide dance party.

Here’s a preview of how we break it down. Hopefully you’re enticed to come be on our team.

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March Madness has officially hit the office! We have our brackets filled out and are ready for the action. Some of us have even gone as far as changing our ringtones to the March Madness theme song.

Three of our March Madness fanatics are covering the action this week. Here’s what they’re reading:

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Just a reminder that the entire Hudl team will be leaving for our company-wide retreat to Las Vegas today. We’ll be setting new goals for 2012 and hope to come away with some great ideas for making Hudl even better for our partners.

How this affects you:

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We’re touring the country this spring to help coaches win, and we need you to make it a great event. Beginning March 29, we’ll be making 28 stops in 7 weeks to host Hudl meet ups in your area. Here are a few reasons you might want to come:

  • Learn how top coaches in your area use Hudl to win.
  • Uncover hidden tips and tricks that will save you time with Hudl.
  • Ask questions of Hudl employees, including developers and designers.
  • Learn about upcoming features and enhancements.

We’re coming to a city near you. Check out our full list of stops:

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For the fourth year, the Hudl team will be taking a company-wide retreat to Las Vegas. We’re excited for the chance to take some time to look at the past year and figure out how to make 2012 even better.

What does this mean for you?

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In this week’s rundown, President Obama tells us why sports is our common thread, Nike creates yet another paradigm in athletic gear, and we learn what an unlimited data plan for your smart phone really means. We also discuss major issues in college baseball and found a reminder of one of the craziest nights in sport’s history.

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This week, it’s apparent Hudlies have been diving into some life-enhancing literature such as the upcoming release of a Doritos taco at Taco Bell and how to fake a nap. You’ll also be learning about time travel, new things Facebook has up their sleeve, and we’ll close with some motivation to get up off the couch this weekend.

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For my Hudl Helps donation, I chose to donate to The Wikimedia Foundation – the non-profit company behind Wikipedia.

In my life there have been a number of things I’ve benefited from “for free.” In the back of mind I’ve wanted to give back to some of those services and institutions. An organization that develops and curates a free, globalized online encyclopedia deserves a little kickback. That’s why I decided to donate.

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In today’s Weekly Hudl secrets behind conference realignment deals are revealed, track stars take on the 40-yard dash, the creators of the world’s most popular photo app for iOS explain their priorities, VP of User Experience Kyle Murphy is in the spotlight, and our own Brandon Gries pays homage to his childhood hero.

See who was reading what this week:

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If you’ve called or emailed us before, chances are you’ve gotten one of our surveys. You might fill it out, you might not. Either way, we take the survey results seriously.

Hudl was created to help coaches win, and in support it’s no different. We look through every single survey, good and bad, and follow up with everyone who has a suggestion or doesn’t get their issue resolved.

If you haven’t seen one before, we ask you to rank us (awesome, average, or awful) on our knowledge, courtesy, and response time. Here are some support stats from 2011:

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We’re excited to bring you the first edition of The Weekly Hudl. Each Friday, we’ll post a compilation of our favorites from the week—ranging from articles to apps. We want to know what your favorites are too, so be sure to post them below.

Here are five of our favorite articles from this week:

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We all look back fondly at homecoming spirit days in high school—the one week when dress codes and social standards don’t apply, and going to class in your pajamas is perfectly acceptable. In an office that allows for casual-Friday attire every day of the week, a week of spirit days seemed only fitting.

It was a fun week, and Hudlies had fun with their costumes. Here are some of our favorites from last week.

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We’ve had a busy summer and fall and our hiring was no different. Since May, we’ve added 17 new members to the Hudl team.

Here are some of the new faces around the office.

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One of the things we hear often is “it sounds like you guys have a fun place to work!” And they’re right. We can’t share the awesome environment we’ve created with all of our coaches in person, but thanks to Brett, Kyle, Andy, and David you can get a pretty good feel of the Hudl offices.

They put together a video that should give you sense of what our day-to-day is like. Check out the MTV Cribs inspired video:

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Happy Holidays from the Hudl Team!

We want to thank everyone for making this such a great year. It’s been great celebrating your accomplishments with you and having you to help celebrate ours.

2011 has been great. We’re looking forward to an even better 2012.

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Today was intern celebration day in the office!

We have a lot to get done around here, and we wouldn’t be able to do it all without the help of our awesome interns. They impress us every semester by juggling a million things and still finding time to come in and help out.

Of course, nothing says “Thanks for all you do” like a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.

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