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Once a Utah Man, Judkins is flourishing at BYU
Women’s basketball » A former U. star and Majerus sidekick, Judkins flourishes at BYU.

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Judkins still lives in Salt Lake City, and makes the hour-long commute to Provo almost every day for eight months before and during the season. He had three kids in high school when he got the BYU job, and didn’t want to uproot his family. Then he was put in an LDS Church bishopric for six years. Now he has six grandkids and two live in Salt Lake, so his wife, Mary Kay, wants to be near them as much as possible.

"I like driving to work, because it gives me the opportunity to think," he said. "Driving home, that’s the hardest part, and then you can’t sleep after a game, win or lose. Coaching does that to you, makes your mind race and makes sleeping difficult after games."

At a glance

Judkins at the Y.

Former Ute basketball player and assistant coach Jeff Judkins’ success at rival BYU

» Eight seasons of 20 wins or more in 13 seasons

» Six NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament appearances, including two trips to the Sweet 16

» Three conference coach of the year awards (2005-06, 2006-07 and 2010-11)

» Has coached four All-Americans: Jennifer Hamson, Kristen Riley, Ambrosia Anderson, Erin Thorn

» Winningest coach in BYU women’s basketball history with 282 career victories

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