Former Grove City College soccer player Jack Huckel ’68 was named president of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this February. He will serve his one-year term succeeding his predecessor, Ralph Polson.
Huckel has been a member of the NSCAA for 40 years and previously served as the board’s vice president of marketing. He also served 10 years as a director at the National Soccer Hall of Fame and is the founder of JR Huckel & Associates, a consultation and management services firm for Hall of Fame elections. Huckel previously coached the men’s soccer teams at Skidmore College, Maine Maritime Academy and George Mason University.
Soccer has been a part of Huckel’s life since 1962. In his president’s letter of the Soccer Journal, Huckel thanked his coach at Grove City College, Cliff Wettig, for his profound effect he had on his soccer career. “He [Wettig] had a calm demeanor and a special human touch, he always knew how to find the best in his players,” Huckel said.
“The Grove City College soccer family is extremely proud of Jack Huckel and what he has been able to accomplish in the game of soccer,” men’s head soccer coach Michael Dreves said. “His lifelong dedication to the game he loves is a living tribute to Coach Wettig who would have been so very proud of Jack.”
Huckel played four seasons at Grove City, from 1964 to 1967. He helped the Wolverines compile a 30-5-2 overall record, including undefeated teams in 1964 (9-0-0) and 1965 (8-0-1). The 1965 team earned an invitation to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
Since its founding in 1941, the NSCAA has grown to include more than 30,000 members who coach both genders at all levels of the sport. The NSCAA fulfills its mission of coaching education through a nationwide program of clinics and week-long courses, teaching more than 6,000 soccer coaches each year.
The mission of the NSCAA is to develop and to deliver educational programming and events that inspire members to improve and to enhance their environment in soccer.
To find out more information on the NSCAA, visit http://www.nscaa.com/.