Huber receives national coaching honor

Huber receives national coaching honor South Dakota head women's track and field coach Lucky Huber has been named the United States Track Coaches Association National Coach of the Year for Women's Track and Field.

Huber received the USCTA's Mondo National Coach of the Year Award during a banquet on Wednesday night in Walnut, CA. Huber, who was also the 2004 North Central Regional Coach of the Year, was selected in a vote by fellow NCAA Division II track and field coaches.

Earlier this spring, Huber was named the North Central Conference Women's Coach of the Year after leading South Dakota to the women's NCC title. Huber's team was also ranked No. 1 in the track and field power rankings of all Division II schools.

According to Huber, this national honor is a credit to the student athletes and his fellow coaches at South Dakota.

"It is a tribute to the hard-working student-athletes and my fellow coaches at USD," said Huber. "This is a very humbling honor. I know that it would not have been possible without the great support of my wife, Stacy, and my family. I also really appreciate all the high school coaches that have worked with me, going back to my first pole vault coach Glenn Nelson."

In his 10th year as the women's track and field coach at the South Dakota, Huber has directed the Coyotes to six North Central Conference championships (three indoor, three outdoor).

According to Dave Gottsle-ben, director of the USD track and field programs, this honor attests to the hard work and success that Coach Huber has made to South Dakota track and field. �

"Lucky is a guy that loves track and field. This is a great honor for him, the program and USD. In my opinion, he is one of the best coaches in the U.S. at any level," said Gottsleben.

"We are very proud of him and that he represents the best in coaching. His direction of the women's team over the past several years has been phenomenal. He has put together one of the best track and field teams that USD has ever had," said Gottsleben.

Overall, Huber begins his 13th year on the Coyote coaching staff and has been named NCC Coach of the Year seven times, including 1997, 1998 and 1999 when he was named both indoor and outdoor coach of the year and in 2004.

He was also selected North Central Region Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998 and again this year. At the 1998 NCAA indoor meet Huber directed the Coyotes to a second-place team finish and a fifth-place effort at the national outdoor meet.

Huber, who directs the Academic Advising Center at USD, is a 1990 South Dakota graduate. A native of Elk Point, Huber lettered three years at USD in the pole vault and decathlon. He has coached student-athletes who have won a total of 96 all-American honors in the last six years.

Huber has worked extensively over the years with USD's jumpers, including two-time all-American pole vaulter Derek Miles, who placed second at the NCAA outdoor meet and third at the NCAA indoor meet during his Coyote career. Huber still advises Miles, who was an Olympic alternate in 2000 and currently is ranked in the top 10 in the world.

Huber, who obtained his master's degree at USD in 1992, has coached 46 all-Americans in the past five years and four national champions (Nancy Overman, discus; Elena Swan, long jump, triple jump; Sarah Deckert, 400-meter indoors; and Sandy Pelkofer, pole vault, indoors).

Huber is married to the former Stacy Kracht of Mitchell. They have two daughters: Mackenzie and Josie. Kracht was a four-year starter on the USD women's basketball team (1987-91).

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