Huber named Women’s North Central Regional Outdoor Coach of the Year

Huber named Women's North Central Regional Outdoor Coach of the Year
Lucky Huber, the head women's track and field coach at The University of South Dakota, was selected the North Central Region Women's Indoor Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which recently released its all-region selections.

Huber is one of eight women's track and field coaches to be selected a regional coach of the year and is a candidate for Female Indoor Coach of the Year, which the USTFCCCA will announce Wednesday night at the D-II banquet in Charlotte.

The other region coaches of the year included John Papa, Slippery Rock, East Region; Jerry Baltes, Grand Valley State, Great Lakes Region; Jim Barber, Southern Connecticut State, Northeast Region; Victor Thomas, Lincoln, South Central Region; Ken Taylor, Albany State, South Region; George Williams, Augustine's College, Southeast Region; and Tony Salerno, California-San Diego, West Region.

Huber has received the USTFCCCA women's regional outdoor coach of the year three of the last four years. In 2004, Huber was selected the national outdoor coach of the year by the USTFCCCA.

Earlier in May, Huber directed the USD women's track and field team to its fourth straight NCC Outdoor Championship. The title was Huber's 11th (six indoor, five outdoor) of his career.

Huber, who is in his 13th season as the head women's track and field coach at USD, was named both the women's indoor and outdoor NCC Coach of the Year in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006. He was the NCC Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2005. He also was selected the North Central Region Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998 as well as 2006. In 1998, Huber directed the Coyotes to second-place team finish at the NCAA Indoor Nationals, which is the highest finish by a USD indoor or outdoor squad in track and field history. Also in 1998, he coached his team to a fifth-place team finish 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).

He has coached 142 student-athletes who have earned All-American honors. In addition, he has coached eight national champions (Nancy Overman, discus; Elena Swan, long jump, triple jump; Sarah Deckert, 400-meter run; Sandy Pelkofer, pole vault; Molly Wedel, 10,000-meter run; Brianne Edwards, heptathlon; and Sam Pribyl, men's pole vault) and Olympic pole vaulter Derek Miles.

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