Nate Huckle will be entering his fourth season as the men’s and women’s cross country head coach at Canisius College. Huckle, a two-time MAAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year award winner, has taken the Canisius Cross Country and Track programs to a new level of success over his past three seasons as head coach. The head coach also resurrected the Canisius indoor and outdoor track and field program during the 2014 season.
During Huckle's third season at the helm of the program, the men’s cross country team had one of its best seasons in Canisius history. The Griffs’ finished first in the National Catholic Championships, knocking off the University of Notre Dame, and besting the previous highest finish of second place in 2002. Since his arrival in 2012, the men have improved from 28th in the Northeast Regional Championship to 10th. In Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition, Canisius has improved from a perennial mid-pack team to consecutive runner-up finishes behind nationally ranked Iona.
The Canisius women’s team has also made great strides during Huckle’s tenure, including a doubling of its roster size in just two seasons. During the 2014 Cross Country season, the Blue and Gold’s depth began to pay dividends, as the women’s team finished sixth in the National Catholic Championships and the MAAC Championships, for the second straight season, and also recorded a fifth place finish in the Paul Short Invitational, an improvement of 17 places from the 2013 season.
Since arriving with the program, Huckle’s athletes have won eight All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference awards in cross country on both the men’s and women’s teams.
Prior to arriving at Canisius, Huckle served as the head coach of the men's and women's cross country, and indoor and outdoor track programs at Brighton Central School, located outside of Rochester, N.Y. The head coach is a graduate from SUNY Brockport where he competed in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and holds two bachelor’s degrees in Journalism (1998) and English Literature (2000) as well as a master’s degree in Liberal Studies (2007).
Huckle also serves as assistant camp director at the Eastern Regional Elite Distance Camp, held at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.