Ed Dudley’s shocking morning routine surprises many

By J1 reporter Katherine Pelton

Ed Dudley went to high school at Millard, back when there was no Millard West or Millard North, just Millard. After graduating, he took some courses at Peru college and soon got a job at Marian. He has been working at Marian since 1997, originally starting out as the soccer coach. He coached the team for 17 years up until 2014, and was involved in winning nine state championships. In 2002, he became the full time Strength and Fitness coach. Now, he has since retired his coaching career, and solely focuses on training Marian girls and helping them workout in preparation for their sports seasons. However, the most shocking about Dudley is his daily routine and the time he arrives at Marian every day.

Each day, Dudley gets up at around 1:00 or 1:30 a.m. and drives over to Marian. “I do it so I can get my own workout in before other people come in to work out,” he said. Marian alums come in early to workout with Dudley before he trains the current Marian students throughout the day. One might think it’s crazy to begin the day at 1:00 in the morning, but for Dudley it’s just his average day.


Ed Dudley cheering on the Marian soccer team before retiring his position as head coach. Photo Credit: Omaha World-Herald


Although he wakes up at such an early hour, he still manages to get a decent amount of sleep. He goes to bed around 7:30 or 8:00 p.m., allowing him to get about five or six hours every night. It is strange to think that when he is getting up to start his day, some Marian girls are just beginning to go to bed. Although many people probably think this sleep schedule is insane, it is Dudley’s normal routine that he’s been sticking with for years, and he will for many more during his time at Marian.

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