Athletics News

Tracy Huth
Tracy Huth

Position:
Director of Athletics

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@Huth_AD



07/07/2014

OAKLAND NAMES JEFF KONYA AS DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

Konya becomes the third Oakland AD since beginning Division I competition in 1999-00.

05/23/2014

OAKLAND ADVANCES INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY

The $4.9 million dollar multipurpose domed practice facility will replace the OU bubble.

01/24/2014

HUTH STEPS DOWN AS DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

He has been in the role of AD for the last seven years.

10/24/2013

OAKLAND GRADUATION RATES REMAIN ABOVE 80 PERCENT

Men's Basketball improves to 82%, while women's basketball increases to 92%.

10/23/2013

OAKLAND ANNOUNCES 2014 HALL OF HONOR CLASS

The ceremony will take place during Homecoming weekend, Friday, Jan. 24th.

01/13/2014

Pep Band, Nick Kristock, Basketball, Hall of Honor

Director of Athletics, Tracy Huth, discusses Horizon League rules, the Senior Class Award, the basketball season, and the Hall of Honor

12/31/2013

2013 Review of Oakland Athletics

Highlights from the 2013 Season of Oakland Athletics

10/15/2013

Grizzly Bites with Tracy Huth

Oakland Director of Athletics, Tracy Huth, discusses Life Skills Events, The Upper Fields Project and Alumni Events.

05/16/2013

Welcomes participants to the 30th annual GGGC.

Director of Athletics Tracy Huth welcomes this year's participants to the 30th Annual Golden Grizzlies Golf Classic which will be played on July 29th.

05/09/2013

Tracy Huth

Tracy Huth and Neal Ruhl go over an exciting month of happenings at Oakland University, beginning with the announcement of joining the Horizon League, and ending later this month with the Summit League Baseball Championships.

05/07/2013

Oakland Accepts Bid to Horizon League

Director of Athletics Tracy Huth announced on Tuesday.

When one thinks of Oakland University athletics, one of the first names that comes to mind is that of Director of Athletics Tracy Huth. After all, Huth has been involved with Oakland University athletics as a student-athlete, coach and administrator since 1980.

Huth was appointed Director of Athletics in October 2007 after serving as the interim for one year, and immediately put in motion an ambitious plan to enhance the overall Oakland athletics experience, both for student-athletes, staff and friends of the university. The result thus far has been a more fan-friendly atmosphere at all OU events, increasing student-athlete success both athletically and academically, and the introduction of the first-ever strategic plan for the department that included the development of the department's Mission and Core Values. Strategic initiatives included the branding program, Varsity O, Tip-Off Breakfast Event and Grizzfest.

Probably one of Huth's top accomplishments at Oakland is the move from The Summit League into the Horizon League. On July 1, 2013, the Golden Grizzlies became an official member of the league that holds a footprint in the Great Lakes region.

Oakland won 73 Summit League championships in 14 years of competition and led the conference in academic all-league selections in eight consecutive years. OU made 34 NCAA appearances while competing in The Summit League and hosted many conference championships. The swimming and diving programs won all 14 league championships inside The Summit League.

Huth has led the charge to improve the Golden Grizzlies' facilities. Oakland facilties have witnessed $10.3 million dollars in improvements, including adding a state-of-the-art track and field facility (Fall 2014), tennis courts (Fall 2014), enhancements to baseball and softball complexes this past spring 2013, addition of lights to the soccer complex in August 2011, and video scoreboards in the Aquatics Center and O'rena.

Under his administration, Oakland continues to bring championships to campus. In 2013, Oakland University served as the host of the NCAA Men's Basketball Second/Third Round Games at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Golden Grizzlies also hosted a Summit League-best five league championships, and brought the 2010 NCAA Great Lakes Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships to campus for the first time.

Among his responsibilities for the athletics department, Huth is serving on the Horizon League Executive Council, Championships Advisory Committee, Television Committee, and Chair of the Strategic Plan Competition Working Group. He is a member of the NACDA I-AAA Executive Committee and formerly served as the Chair of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee. Huth spent time on the University President's Executive Council and was a member of The Summit League Joint Council, the league's Budget Committee and Competition Committee.

Prior to making the move into the athletic director's office, Huth served over nine years as an Associate Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director, including a one-year stint OU's Senior Associate Athletic Director where he was in charge of supervising the department's operations. While an assistant director, Huth's primary responsibilities were in the areas of program supervision, student-athlete services and compliance.

During his time as a departmental administrator, Huth has been involved in several league and national committees. In March 2006, Huth was appointed to a four-year term on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Committee. He has also served on the NCAA's Academic/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet (2001-05) and served as the tournament manager for the first and second-round games in the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament hosted by Oakland at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The strides made by the athletics program during Huth's tenure should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with his track record as a coach. Huth spent 11 years as the head coach of OU's women's swimming and diving program, establishing the Oakland program as the premier program in the country at the Division II level. His teams finished in the top three nationally in nine consecutive seasons, winning five consecutive national championships and three straight runner-up finishes from 1990-97. Huth was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year three times for his team's accomplishments.

Only Kenyon College (17 consecutive Division III titles from 1984-2000) and Truman State University (six consecutive Division II titles from 2001-06) have posted more consecutive national championships in women's swimming and diving, while only Texas (five consecutive Division I titles from 1984-88) and Stanford (five consecutive Division I titles from 1992-96) have matched the total of five straight, which stood as a Division II record until 2006.

But before Huth became well-known as the highly-successful coach of OU's women's swimming program, he earned recognition as one of the top swimmers in the nation. Arguably the most accomplished student-athlete in OU history, Huth earned 24 All-America honors, claiming 13 individual national championships. He is a four-time national champion in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley events and was named NCAA Division II Swimmer of the Year three times. He remains the only swimmer in NCAA history to have won both the 200 and 400 IM in four consecutive seasons.

In 2002 Huth had the unique honor of being selected to the Oakland University Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor for a second time. He is the only member to be enshrined as a student-athlete and coach. Huth was originally named to the Hall of Honor in 1990 for his swimming accomplishments.

A native of Yakima, Wash., Huth earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from Oakland in 1985 and in '96, Huth earned his master's degree in sports administration from Wayne State University.

He is married to Jenny Huth, current assistant women's basketball coach at UCLA. His daughter Kara graduated from the nursing school at Oakland University and his son Chance attends Michigan State University.

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