Huber named Coach of the Year For the fourth time in his coaching career, South Dakota head women's track and field coach Lucky Huber has been named the 2005 North Central Conference Outdoor Women's Track and Field Coach of the Year, according to an announcement by the league office. Huber was selected in a vote by NCC track and field coaches.
Huber recently directed the USD women's track and field team to its second straight and fifth overall NCC Outdoor team title. The USD women's track and field squad scored 202 team points, which is the second-best performance in school history, at the NCC Track and Field Championships held in Omaha, NE, on May 13-14.
Huber has coached eight of the 11 USD women's teams that have claimed NCC indoor or outdoor track and field titles.
In February, Huber was named the NCC Indoor Coach of the Year. A year ago, he was the NCC Outdoor Coach of the Year, the North Central Regional Coach of the Year, and the United States Track Coaches Association National Coach of the Year for NCAA Division II Women's Track and Field.
"This award is a tribute to all the hard-working student-athletes that I have coached during my tenure at the university," 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," he said. "I also really want to thank all the people at the university that have made this a wonderful place to coach."
Huber, who is in his 11th season as the head women's track and field coach at USD, was named both the indoor and outdoor NCC Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. He was selected North Central Region Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998. In 1998, Huber directed the Coyotes to second-place team finish at the NCAA Indoor Nationals. Also in 1998, he coached his team to a fifth-place finish in the team standings at the NCAA Outdoor Nationals.
Huber, who also directs the Academic Advising Center at USD, received both his bachelor of science degree in elementary education (1990) and master of arts degree in education (1992) from USD. A native of Elk Point, Huber lettered three years for the Coyote track and field team while competing in the pole vault and decathlon (1986-90).
Huber has coached 110 student-athletes who have earned All-American honors. He has also coached seven national champions, including Olympic pole vaulter Derek Miles.
Huber is married to the former Stacy Kracht of Mitchell. They have two daughters, Mackenzie and Josie. Mrs. Huber was a four-year starter on the USD women's basketball team.