The 14U Blue coach is all too familiar with Blizzard baseball.
Jeff Huth began his journey with the Blizzard as a player back in high school, and he attributes his success with the program as the main reason he was able to get recruited and play for Riverland Community College, and eventually making his last stop at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Huth and the Riverland Blue Devils would make it all the way to the JUCO World Series, Huth said, “going deep into the JUCO World Series is my most cherished baseball memory and I wouldn’t have had that without the Blizzard.”
Once Huth’s playing days were over, he didn’t forget where he got his start. His decision to return to the Blizzard as a coach was an easy one. “I remember how much the academy and the Blizzard helped me improve as a young man and it was a great opportunity to return the favor.”
Development is really what Huth is all about, not only on the field, but off the field as well. When asked about what it is like for him to see his players develop not only as players but also as people, Huth explained, “It's refreshing, I am here to make better young men, and supply them with the tools they need to be successful in life. If we can have some fun and play baseball while were at it, even better.”
The transition from player to coach for Huth takes on a new dynamic of leadership, especially when traveling the country with these young kids. Being accountable for so many young men is definitely not something Huth has a lot of practice with, but it certainly isn’t a job he takes lightly, Huth shared, “The first few times traveling with the team was nerve-wracking," Huth said. "I have twelve kids that I am solely responsible for and that’s a lot of pressure."
However, knowing that these kids are able to be so dedicated to a sport and want to continue to get better as baseball players is a huge help." Given one word to describe his 14U Blue team, Huth said, “potential.” Day in and day out his team goes to work and flashes moments of greatness, but it is all about consistently producing those flashes, which is what is going to take his team to the next level.
Speaking of consistency, Huth explained that he is personally 2-0 against Adam Barta in his coaching career, a record he attributes to, “flat out great coaching,” Huth says with a slight chuckle and a smile.
All in all, Huth takes great responsibility for the development of his players and he really cares about how they go about their business on and off the field. He is really looking forward to seeing his team burst out of their potential bubble and start making major strides this next season.
After all, that's what made so successful in college and as a coach with the Blizzard. Who knows? Maybe one of his players will have the bloodline for coaching in the Blizzard program someday.
Blizzard 14u - August Bash Champions (2014)
Lance Thonvold is a RHP red-shirt junior for the University of Minnesota. He was held Big Ten opponents to a .211 batting average in 2014, named Gopher Teammate of the Year and was an Academic All-American.
Hailing from Eden Prairie, MN, Thonvold was a standout pitcher for both his high school and legion team playing a major role in their Legion World Series Championship in 2011.
Majoring and Sports Management with a minor in journalism, Lance will be a contributing writer, instructor and helping with event management in the 2015 Blizzard season.