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Longtime RCTC Women’s Basketball Coach Stepping Down After Season

February 04, 2019 10:39 PM

(ABC 6 News) – Since 2002, there have been three sure things in life—death, taxes, and Steve Hucke leading the Rochester Community & Technical College (RCTC) Women’s Basketball team. In 2019-2020, that won’t be the same.

Hucke announced on Monday that he will step down as the RCTC’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach following the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season. Hucke, who has led RCTC to a 294-170 record in 17 seasons, will become the Sports Program Director at the Rochester Family YMCA.

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“It’s going to be very difficult to maintain both positions at the same time,” Hucke told ABC 6 News. “It’s just the right time. I’ve been contemplating (stepping down) for some time. I think this will be a great opportunity for me. It was a difficult decision.”

Hucke told his players his decision to step down following the season for the first time on Monday.

“They seemed understanding. I told them it was nothing about them or the way the season has gone, it was the timing of the program and with me taking the position which I decided to take,” Hucke said. “I’ve been really honest with them, so I hope they felt I was honest with them today.”

“Coach Hucke will be missed on the sidelines,” RCTC Athletic Director Mike Lester said via a press release from RCTC. “The energy and enthusiasm he has for RCTC and the athletic department is something we all strive to pass on to our student-athletes.”

The highpoint of Hucke’s coaching career came in 2009 when he coached RCTC to a perfect 34-0 season and an NJCAA Division III National Championship.

“My memories are amazing. You get your thumbprint on things, and it’s amazing,” Hucke said. “I met some wonderful human beings and coached some amazing women. It’s tough knowing I won’t be doing that anymore.”

Hucke said the wins were great, but he said the relationships he built and “doing it the right way” is what he’ll cherish the most—and he loved every minute of it.

“I’m proud of the people who I had an opportunity to coach and coach with. I’m proud of the type of people I’ve coached. They’re moms, wives, great members of society, and I’m so proud of that. I’ll always remember these years.”

Hucke, who is also the head baseball coach at RCTC, will remain in that position.

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