Eric Hudson - Owner & Founder
Eric has developed a system over the last 10 years that has created some of the top swim athletes in the country. He has been in the fitness industry for 14 years, and his professional journey in fitness started in college where he majored in Exercise Science at Purdue University. Upon graduation, he worked as the head strength and conditioning coach of a club swim team near St. Louis. After spending three years on the pool deck as the dryland coach, he continued to work with high school swim athletes, while at the same time taking on new experiences that ranged from being the personal training manager in a multi-billion dollar fitness company, to working as the general manager and lead coach of a boutique group training gym. Through all of these experiences, his passion for working with and impacting competitive swimmers became more and more obvious to him. After three more years rounding out his knowledge of biomechanics and swim-specific performance training, he knew it was time to follow his heart and start focusing solely on dryland training. He felt the need for professionally designed swim-specific dryland training in the club swimming world, and wanted to create something that no other program could rival.
This is his passion and expertise, and with the sole focus being on dryland training, he continues to fine tune his skills and hunger to deliver the best world-class dryland program on the market. His 10 years of swim-specific experience uniquely positions him to help athletes reach goals they once thought impossible. Each dream achieved has made him dream bigger, reach higher, and desire to perfect his craft for the sake of the athletes and their families. He believes that dryland training should focus on more than just the body to get consistent results—the mind and heart must be strengthened as well. Inspiring young athletes to be not only phenomenal in the water, but phenomenal in their homes, schools, and communities is his passion. He wants to see the next generation positively impact the world and redefine the word “impossible”.
Outside of SwimStrong Dryland, he treasures spending time with his beautiful wife, Julia, and his family members from the Midwest.
- Master of Science in Sport Psychology – Capella University (expected graduation in 2022)
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – Purdue University
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – National Strength & Conditioning Association
- Functional Movement Systems (FMS)
- CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (Resistance Training Blocks, Treadmill Interval Training, Indoor Rowing)
Brittany Miller - Director of Nutrition Programming & Research
Brittany has spent years creating nutrition education that will change the way swim athletes perform. Brittany was a competitive athlete herself from ages 5 to 18. In college, she began to realize she had been missing a key component of athletic performance her whole life – nutrition. She started making changes on her own and wanted to know everything she could about the field in order to help young athletes avoid the pitfalls she fell into. Brittany is Precision Nutrition and International Youth Conditioning Association Certified, specializing in Youth Nutrition with a focus on Swim Athletes. She received her Precision Nutrition certification in 2016 and began working with clients one on one. She now focuses on swim teams working as the Director of Nutrition Programming & Research for SwimStrong Dryland.
Brittany is confident that food is medicine, and that eating the right things is crucial for peak athletic performance. She believes that many swim athletes are not tapping into their full potential due to a lack of attention and care to what they are putting into their bodies. Most importantly, she strongly affirms that it is never too late to start implementing great habits that stick. These great habits will have a huge return on investment for the competitive swimmer’s performance, health, and well-being. She couldn’t be more excited to help meet the nutrition needs of the SwimStrong Dryland athletes!
Brittany lives on the Northside of Indianapolis with her husband (Craig) and son (Leo), with a daughter on the way! In addition to health and wellness, she enjoys bargain hunting, DIY projects, and spending time with close friends and family.
- Bachelor of Science – Purdue University
- Precision Nutrition Level 1 – Certified Exercise Nutrition Coach
- Certified Holistic Health Coach
- Nutrition Consulting Business Owner (2016 – 2019)
- International Youth Conditioning Association – Certified Youth Nutrition Specialist
Bryan McPherson - Director of Program Research & Development
Bryan’s experience working with high school and collegiate swimmers is unparalleled, and he uses his wealth of knowledge and experience to continually transform SwimStrong Dryland into the premier swim-specific dryland program in the country. Bryan has been involved with the sport of swimming either as an athlete or a coach since he was 12 years old. He was a member of the club swim team in the St. Louis area where Eric Hudson began his swim-specific dryland coaching career. Bryan graduated high school in 2014 and earned a scholarship to swim at Eastern Illinois University, where he graduated from in 2018. Graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Bryan began his strength coaching career with internships at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, University of Illinois, and DePaul University.
After graduating from Eastern Illinois, Bryan went on to earn his Master’s degree at the University of Louisville, where he graduated in 2020. While attending Louisville, Bryan interned with their Sports Performance Department, where he worked as a strength coach with the Louisville Swim Team for two years. With all his hands on experience Bryan was able to combine his knowledge as a former swimmer, with the scientific training principles that are required to make swimmers faster in the water and more resilient to injury. In addition to SwimStrong Dryland, Bryan is the strength coach for the swim team at Lindenwood University in the St Louis area. In his first year with the team, the Lindenwood women’s team won their conference championship while the men placed third. He coached the 2020 Division 2 National Champion in the 100 Breaststroke, and 8 Division 2 NCAA All-Americans during the 2020-2021 swim season. Bryan believes that dryland training should challenge athletes to develop physically and mentally to be the best swimmer and person they can be.
Aside from SwimStrong Dryland, Bryan spends time with his wife Renae, their dogs Duncan, Echo, and Atlas, and their cat Moo.
- Master of Science in Exercise Physiology – University of Louisville
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – Eastern Illinois University
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – National Strength & Conditioning Association
- USA Weightlifting – Level 1 Certification
Sean Workman - Director of Leadership Training & Character Development
Constantly involved with sports growing up, Sean developed a love for competition at a young age. It was not until high school, however, that Sean started to focus his competitive nature solely on swimming. As freshman, Sean had only tasted decent success in the sport of swimming, progressing at an average rate. Soon after teaming up with Eric Hudson, however, Sean began to see exponential improvement in the pool. These improvements were not only the result of a workout routine change, but also a mindset change that they had instilled. Sean’s mantra soon became “if you want something as bad as you want to breathe, you will be successful”. By the end of his high school career, Sean was an Olympic Trials Qualifier, YMCA National Champion, multiple time National Runner-Up, and a Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving commit. Sean went on to train with some of the fastest swimmers and brightest coaches in the world of swimming at VT, competing at meets like the NCAA Championship, ACC Championship, US Open, and US Nationals during his 4 year swimming career in Blacksburg, VA. During his time at Virginia Tech, Sean obtained a BS in Mining Engineering, with a minor in Environmental Engineering.
Through his 16-year swim career, Sean realized, though, that the sport of swimming is much larger than how fast you can move up and down a pool. Swimming taught him lessons of true hard work, self-determination, cooperation, respect, and leadership on a daily basis. Those are the most valuable achievements that he has taken away from the sport of swimming. Records can be broken, medals can be lost, but the virtues and leadership skills gained from swimming will last a lifetime. Sean was able to find these values in the leadership roles he held, as well as the many leaders that guided him during his career. It is one of his dreams to help the next generation of swimmers find the lifelong lessons that lie in the world of swimming by inspiring them to be the best leaders they can be, both in and out of the pool.
Outside the world of SwimStrong Dryland, he works as an engineer for Kiewit Infrastructure, estimating heavy civil highway and dam jobs for the past year. He enjoys spending time outside hiking, open water swimming, working out, yoga, as well as playing Xbox and his guitar in any free time he has.
- Olympic Trials Qualifier
- NCAA Qualifier
- YMCA National Champion
- Illinois High School State Champion
- Multiple Time ACC Championship Finalist
- 4-year Athlete and Leader with Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving
- 5th Year Assistant Coach with Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving
- O’Fallon High School Swim Team Captain
- Fastest Reaction Time in 2016, as far as he knows
- Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, Minor in Environmental Engineering – Virginia Tech University
Jill Oertle - Doctor of Physical Therapy Consultant
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy
- Master’s in Physical Therapy
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
- Over 20 years of experience in Physical Therapy
- Over 10 years of experience working with swim athletes