In the end, all Troy Huebert wanted was the chance to coach some football.
A former standout at Aurora High School and later at Hastings College, Huebert has assumed the head coaching job at Central City and looks forward to putting his stamp on the program. Some of that involved him and his staff working last week’s youth football camp held at the high school.
He comes into the job with a pretty complete resume for such a young coach; he’s only been out of college for two years. The son of current Aurora High School head football coach Randy Huebert, Troy grew up living the football life.
Born in Yankton, South Dakota, his family lived in Coleridge, Nebr., located in the far northeast corner of the state, where Randy Huebert was head football coach, and a very successful one at that.
Randy Huebert wound up leaving Coleridge for a job at Malvern, Iowa, then Great Bend, Kan., and finally Norfolk High School before settling into his current position at Aurora, where his program has won two state Class B championships.
During all that time Troy Huebert not only played the game of football but also, as he grew up, began to study his father’s coaching techniques; some of them at very close range, given the fact he played four years of high school football for his dad. “My dad has had a tremendous influence in my life, not just regarding football or coaching, but life in general,” says Troy. “He’s been a great role model for me in every way possible.”
After finishing his career at Aurora, Troy played his college football at Hastings College, where he started out as a wide receiver and wound up being a two-year starter at quarterback, twice being named honorable mention all-conference. Huebert graduated in 2011 with a degree in physical education.
That’s when his infant coaching career took a wonderful twist. He traveled to San Diego, where he served as an intern under “quarterback guru” George Whitfield, a nationally-known coach. During his few months with Whitfield Huebert worked with some of the biggest names in college football as they refined their game in an effort to enhance their standing for the NFL draft. Some of the quarterbacks Huebert worked with under Whitfield include NFL star Andrew Luck and former LSU star Jarrett Lee.
“I had gone out there to visit a cousin and figured I’d stay a week but Coach Whitfield asked me to stay on and see things through until the draft,” says Troy. “It was a real positive experience and I learned a lot about coaching football in general and quarterbacks in particular.”
He later served as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State – “it was an awesome experience” – before becoming interested in the Central City coaching job.
“The experience at South Dakota State helped prepare me in so many ways but I wanted to get into high school coaching and this seemed like a great fit,” says Troy. “Central City is a good town and good school and it’s close to my home and family. It’s truly a blessing to be here.”
Speaking of family and blessings, Troy married the former Sara Brestel in a ceremony held July 13 at Hastings.
When it comes to football philosophy, Troy Huebert is going to apply a lot of the offensive approach mastered by his dad, running a spread set, mixing in some option to keep defenses honest and also some short passing game to bring balance to the attack. On defense, he’s not going to change the team’s basic 3-3-5 formation, saying familiarity on that side of the ball will be a plus.
It’s been a busy summer between weight training and camps for his team – oh, and him getting married – and now it’s into the home stretch as Troy Huebert and his staff prepare their team for the season opener Sept. 6 at Sandy Creek.