Rod Huber returns in 2013-2014 for his 14th season as the Lions' head coach. Huber, who directed the team’s defense in 2007-08, and 2011, has 30 years of coaching at the high school and college level and has been on the Mount football staff since the program’s inception in 1990. Coach Huber led the program to a three straight HCAC championship (2004-2006), and the Lions turned in their 10th straight season in 2011 with a .500 or better record. The Lions claimed the 2009 HCAC championship with a 7-0 mark, their fourth HCAC title in program history, which enabled them to qualify to the NCAA Division III playoffs, marking their fifth overall appearances in the post-season tournament. The Mount is also the only team in HCAC history to record three straight conference titles. In addition, Huber was named HCAC Coach of the Year in 2010, his third such honor.
The 2009 Mount team had 15 players selected all-conference (best in the conference), and the HCAC Defensive Player of the Year. The Lions also had one of the top overall and rushing defenses in the nation again last season, as well as the top scoring offense in conference games. In addition, the Mount was ranked among the top teams in 2009 in various national polls. Two of Huber's players in the 2012 garnered national recognition, with senior running back James Clay finishing the season as the top overall rusher in NCAA (all divisions), and winning multiple All-American honors; and junior punter Greg Tabar being named First Team Academic All-District and a member of the AFCA/Allstate Insurance Good Works team.
Under Huber’s direction in 2004, the Lions went 10-0 during the season, won the HCAC, and qualified to their first NCAA post-season game, playing against Wheaton College. The Lions, after a 2-18 mark in Huber’s first two years, have gone 77-38 overall the past 11 years under his tutelage, as well as posting a 45-15 record over that span in conference play. He has an overall 79-56 record during his 13 seasons as head coach for the Mount, including 54-34 in HCAC play.
Prior to becoming the third head coach in Lions’ football history in 2000, Huber was a defensive position coach and spent four years as the Lions’ defensive coordinator. He also coached the College’s wrestling program for four seasons. During the 1999-2000 season the team garnered Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and NCAA Division III Midwest Regional championships. Huber was named conference and regional Coach of the Year that season.
Huber has continued to build upon the concept of the “student-athlete” philosophy set by past Lions’ head coaches John Pont and Ron Corradini, Sr. Huber oversees the entire program with an emphasis on academic success, recruiting and retention of all football players.
Huber also has strong ties to the Cincinnati community and oversees his players’ involvement in community service projects. In 2002 the players helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity, which was featured in the NCAA News. In 2003 the Lions were part of a neighborhood clean-up program in Delhi Township. The past three years Coach Huber and his players have volunteered and ran youth football camps at St. Elizabeth Seton in Milford, Ohio. Coach Huber also serves as the director of summer inter-city youth football camps for ProCamps Worldwide.
Coach Huber played football and wrestled at Glen Este High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon graduation he entered the United States Army, where he played football and spent time in Germany and the U.S. After leaving the Army, Huber enrolled at the University of Cincinnati where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in social studies education in 1988. He began his coaching career at Lloyd Memorial High School (Kentucky) in 1982, moved on to Glen Este for one season (1986) and later coached outside linebackers at C.A.P.E. High School (1987-1988).
Coach Huber received his master’s degree in education from the Mount in 1999. Coach Huber is an active member in the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association (SWOFCA), the American Football Coaches Association and is a member of the Jason Foundation. He also runs youth football camps and clinics in the Cincinnati area every year. Huber has been the featured speaker at many events in the Cincinnati area and he serves as an advisory board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (Clermont County). The Lions head coach also speaks at regional and national football events. Hobbies he enjoys include playing the guitar, gardening and fishing.
He and his wife, Sandy, have four children: Jillian, Jake (deceased), Jenna, and Jessica. The Huber’s reside in Amelia, Ohio.
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