Nate Huckle enters his second season as the men's and women's cross country head coach at Canisius College. A five-time Section V Coach of the Year selection, Huckle arrives at Canisius after serving 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. In his eight years as head coach, Huckle guided the Barons to Section V Class A titles each year, sending a total of 14 runners to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cross Country Championships.
During his first season at the helm of the program, the men's cross country program had one of its best seasons in recent memory. The Griffs' eighth place finish at the National Catholic Championships was their best since 2002. Canisius also placed second in a 33 team field at the Brooks Paul Short run, which was good for the best finish in program history. The men also won the Little Three Championship for the sixth-straight time before posting a fourth place finish at the MAAC Championship, a best since 2002.
The Griff women also experienced success in 2012, with Mikelle Cala's 10th place finish at the MAAC Championship leading the way to Canisius' top individual performance at the event since 2000. Canisius also won the Little Three Championship for the sixth-straight time on the women's side, which is the second-longest streak in program history.
During his collegiate career, Huckle competed at SUNY Brockport in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track for head coach John Izzo. Huckle graduated from SUNY Brockport, receiving his bachelor's degree in journalism in 1998 and a second bachelor's degree in English literature in 2000. He would go onto earn a master's degree in liberal studies in 2007. While studying for his second bachelor's degree, Huckle volunteered as an assistant coach at SUNY Brockport.
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.
With his in-depth knowledge of running and ability to present the sport to others, Huckle has become a featured guest on Winging It!, a locally-produced television on WNLO-CW23. He has been invited on the show to discuss various topics, including proper running technique, training regimens for full- and half-marathons, and how to introduce children to running.