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Sgt. Michael Pride trains with KU strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy. Sgt. Michael Pride trains with KU strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy.
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LAWRENCE, KS (KCTV) -

It has been years of recovery for a Kansas City area Marine working his way back from a life-threatening injury.

Sgt. Michael Pride is trying to help others who are dealing with his same issues and is asking the University of Kansas to help.

It was a long road back for the former Central High student. While deployed in 2008, Pride was critically injured by a roadside bomb.

"I went through a lot of surgeries. Mentally, I was a little worried, also scared, because I had never been through anything like that in my life. I wasn't sure I was going to be the same person I once was," he said.

But the former track star was not about to let that slow him down.

He worked his way back and became a huge part of the Marine's Wounded Warrior program and even competing at track at that level.

Now, he is working with strength coaches at KU. Not to compete, but to learn how they train their athletes.

It is information he is hoping to take back to help train other wounded Marines, learning how to recover both physically and mentally.

"A lot of guys develop different injuries, and they either get out if the core or quit. My thing is just don't stop, might be a little different at first, but you will learn to live it all over again with your injury or your new self," Pride said.

Pride came to the university because of their nationally known training program.

KU strength and conditioning coach Andrea Hudy was recently named the National College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

She knows a thing or two about training athletes. She has had nine former Jayhawks drafted into the NBA.

"What they do for our country is a lot more significant, in terms of some of those guys give their lives for our country ... where we look at wins and losses for entertainment," she said.

Pride also is spending some time talking to KU athletes as well, teaching them leadership skills.

He plans to take what he has learned this week and implement a similar plan in his Wounded Warrior program.

Pride is one of the first Wounded Warrior Marines selected to remain on active duty as a coach and trainer for the program.

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