Women’s Basketball Coach Steps Down
The Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) women’s basketball program will have a new head coach for the 2019-2020 season, as longtime coach Steve Hucke announced Feb. 4 that he would not return to the sidelines following the conclusion of this season. Hucke has been on the sidelines for 17 seasons. He is leaving the program to take on the role of sports program director at the Rochester Family YMCA. He will remain as head coach of the RCTC baseball team.
“Coach Hucke will be missed on the sidelines of the Sports Center,” RCTC athletic director Mike Lester said. “His passion for the game and his deep desire for his women to be successful ?not only on the court, but in life ?will be difficult to replace. The energy and enthusiasm that he has for RCTC and the athletic department is something we all strive to pass on to our student-athletes. We are thankful that coach Hucke has decided to remain as the head baseball coach.”
Under Hucke’s guidance, the Yellowjackets have a record of 294-170. They have won multiple region, state, and division championships. Perhaps the greatest highlight was winning the 2009 National DIII Women’s Basketball Championship with a 34-0 record.
“We had a very good team and (were) very skilled in all positions,” he said of the national title-winning team. “They all knew the game very well and didn’t accept losing — even in practice.”
He also guided the 2017-18 Yellowjacket squad to the Elite Eight, and has coached 10 All-Americans, more than 20 Distinguished Academic All-Americans, and has many all-region, all-state, and all-division selections.
Coach Hucke met with his team and made it clear that the opportunity presented to step into his new role at the YMCA was something that he just couldn’t pass up.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as women’s basketball coach at RCTC, and have so many memories that I will cherish forever,” Hucke said. “I want to thank the administration, my colleagues, assistant coaches, and all of the great players that I have had the opportunity to coach. It has been a blessing.”
Hucke began his career as a junior high and high school basketball coach in Iowa.
Hucke’s individual coaching honors include National Coach of the Year, Region XIIIA Coach of the Year, MCAC State Coach of the Year three times and Southern Division Coach of the Year six times. He has had multiple players move on to play DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA basketball at various colleges and universities. Under Hucke the RCTC women were known for a fast-paced style of play leading to a highly potent offense and full court intensity.
With all of the accolades, Hucke said he doesn’t really have a favorite moment.
“There are too many memories to just single out one,” he said. “Cliche, I know, but that’s how I feel.”