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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Alan & Ashleigh Huckins Receive Special Coaches Honor at Hartwick College Intercollegiate Athletics Awards Ceremony
Head coach Alan Huckins and assistant coach Ashleigh Huckins were recognized with a Special Coaches Award at the 2018 Hartwick College Intercollegiate Athletics Awards Ceremony, held in the Binder Physical Education Center’s Lambros Arena on Thursday, May 10.
Awarded to an individual as recommended by the coaching staff for extraordinary contribution to the athletics program, the Huckins were among three honorees joining Director of Campus Security Tom Kelly.
About Alan Huckins: In 14 of his 15 seasons as head coach, Alan Huckins led the Hartwick Hawks to 20 or more wins, including a 30-11 mark in 2018, to hold a 396-174 career record at the institution. Under his guidance, the Hawks qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship three times and captured three Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship titles (2004, 2006, 2007).
During his tenure at Hartwick, Huckins coached 11 players to All-America accolades through the 2017 season. Kirsten Hudson, the program’s all-time leading scorer, was Hartwick’s only four-time All-American. Sheri Johnson, Kate Chambers, Bronwen Knox, Jessica McKee, Sami Capparelli, Jemma Dendy Young, and Zsofia Polak were all two-time Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America selections. Knox, the nation’s leading goal scorer with 129 markers in 2006, left the Hawks following the 2006 season to train with the Australian National team in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Huckins, the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010 CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year prior to earning the 2017 award at Hartwick, spent the 2002-2003 academic year as head coach of the women’s water polo team at Florida Atlantic University, where he recruited for what would have been the program’s inaugural season in 2004. However, FAU decided to cut the program, which paved the way for Huckins to take over at Hartwick.
A 1992 graduate of Slippery Rock University, Huckins served an assistant coach for the United States Women’s National Water Polo “A” Team from 1995-1998. He helped guide the team to a sixth-place finish at the FINA World Championships in January of 1998 in Perth, Australia. Huckins also worked as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National “B” Team from 1993-1995.
Before his arrival at Florida Atlantic, Huckins spent four years (1998-2002) doubling as the aquatics director and head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. In addition, he also served as head coach and president of the Adirondack Water Polo Club while at St. Rose.
Huckins, a native of San Martin (Calif.) began coaching collegiate water polo as a graduate assistant at Slippery Rock, where he worked with the men’s and women’s teams during the 1992-1993 academic year. He left Slippery Rock after 18 months to accept the men’s and women’s head coaching position at Bucknell University.
While at Bucknell, Huckins led the men’s squad to a 20-10 record and was named 1993 CWPA Coach of the Year at the Eastern Championships. In 1994, he guided the women’s team to a 20-4 record and was named CWPA Coach of the Year at the Eastern Championships.
Huckins, after his experiences at Bucknell and with the U.S. National “B” Team, moved back to California to coach the water polo and swimming and diving teams at Beyer High School from 1995-1997. In addition, he also coached the Modesto/Stanislaus Swimming and Water Polo Club teams.
He returned to the collegiate ranks in January of 1997, and spent 20 months as the co-head coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Slippery Rock.
About Ashleigh Huckins: Ashleigh Huckins completed her fifth season as the assistant water polo coach at Hartwick in 2018.
During her time as a Hawks’ coach, she has helped the program to 111 victories.
Previously, Huckins was the head water polo coach at Marist College where she was at the helm for six seasons. During her time with the Red Foxes, she compiled a 129-92 overall record including a 53-11 mark in conference play. Her teams won three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships from 2008-2010 and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Before Marist, Huckins was the head coach of the United Water Polo Club and at Sammamish High School in the state of Washington.
Huckins is no stranger to Hartwick as she was a member of the Hawks’ water polo team from 2001-2004. During her time, Hartwick captured four consecutive CWPA Northern Division titles. She helped lead the 2004 team to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships and to the CWPA Championship while also winning Northern Division Most Valuable Player honors.
Huckins graduated from Hartwick in 2004 with bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a minor in Documentary Photography. She received her master’s degree in Communications from Marist in 2011.
Information courtesy Hartwick College Athletics Communications