Honoree

Jeff Huber

AWARDS

Olympians (2008)
Diving
United States of America
Location: Beijing
Olympians (2004)
Diving
United States of America
Location: Athens
Event: Assistant Coach
Bill Orwig Award (2002)
Olympians (2000)
Diving
United States of America
Location: Sydney
Event: Assistant Coach

BIOGRAPHY

Widely regarded as the finest diving coach in the nation, Dr. Jeff Huber is in his 23rd year as the men's and women's diving coach at Indiana University and his 36th year of collegiate coaching. During his tenure, Indiana divers have flourished under the 11-time U.S. National Coach of the Year. In Huber, Indiana divers work daily with a mentor who served as a coach for the United States at the last three Olympic games. He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on 13 occasions (six for women's and seven for men's) and has coached student-athletes to 41 Big Ten titles and 18 Big Ten Divers of the Year in his 22-year tenure at IU.

At the national level, Huber's U.S. Diving résumé is extensive. He has coached the Indiana diving program to 13 (four indoor, nine outdoor) U.S. Diving Combined Team National Championships, with the 13th earned in August of 2009. In 2003, Huber also claimed induction into the State of Indiana Swimming and Diving Wall of Fame.

Internationally, Huber earned the honor of serving as a coach for the United States Olympic Team in the summer of 2000. This marked the second time that the Indiana head coach appeared on the world's biggest stage, as he also coached for the Dominican Republic at the 1984 Olympic Games. Huber added to his already impressive international experience during the summer of 2003, serving as the head coach of the U.S. National Team. He was the co-head coach for the United States at the Pan-American games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Among his other international experience includes coaching at the 2009 World Championships, the 1998 Goodwill Games, the 1991, 2005 and 2007 World University Games and numerous Grand Prix international meets. He has been named a U.S. Olympic Festival coach twice.

Huber's success at Indiana has been remarkable. During his 20 years, Indiana divers have achieved All-America status 72 times. That list of divers includes Loukas, the 2009 NCAA 3-meter champion, Cardinell, the 2005 NCAA platform champion, Kimiko Hirai-Soldati, the 1996 NCAA 1-meter diving champion and Mark Lenzi, the 1989 and 1990 1-meter NCAA champion and 1992 Olympic gold medalist.

Prior to his arrival at Indiana, Huber placed his name squarely on the coaching map with the success his teams achieved at the University of Nebraska. Huber coached both the Cornhuskers' men and women for 11 years. During that time, Nebraska divers won 27 Big Eight Conference championship titles, 20 NCAA All-America awards, and two Academic All-America accolades, while setting nine conference records. Huber coached 10 U.S. national finalists and directed his team to a third-place team award at the 1988 U.S. Indoor National Championships. He garnered Big Eight Coach of the Year recognition in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1989. While at Nebraska in 1987, Huber received the coaches' Whosam Award. In honor of former Olympic gold medalist Dr. Sammy Lee, the award is given annually to a person who has demonstrated the high values and ideals and a commitment to the sport of diving.

Huber remains very active in the diving community. He has served on the Board of Directors of U.S. Diving, Inc. and was Rules Chairman for the organization. He is a member of the NCAA Rules Subcommittee for Diving, and former Chairman for the United States Diving Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Big Ten Diving Coaches Committee. He also has authored numerous articles for several publications, including The Diver, National Strength and Conditioning Journal, RIP Magazine, U.S. Diving Coach Development Manual and The Sport Psychologist, an international research journal. In 2001, he authored a series of diving training videotapes and in 2006 he authored two chapters in the USA Diving coach development reference manual.