Lucky Huber | Director of Track & Field / Head Women's Coach
Two-time national coach of the year Lucky Huber has been a Coyote nearly his entire life. He grew up less than 20 minutes away in Elk Point, graduated from USD in 1989, worked 17 years in the Academic Advising Center and, in 2008, was named Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. As such, Huber has set the tone for a department that has sprinted into a new era.
Under Huber’s influence, the Coyotes have accomplished three program goals within the transition to Division I. For six consecutive years since 2010, both the Coyote men and women have earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honors to accomplish goal one. Another goal has been to win conference titles and the department’s six programs have won 12 conference titles since 2008. Finishing in the top 10 nationally is goal three. The Coyote women accomplished that feat in 2014.
Huber has been the women’s track and field coach since 1994. The Coyotes have 16 conference titles since then including nine indoor and seven outdoor. The team also has 15 national top-10 finishes at either indoor or outdoor championships. Those include a second-place indoor finish in 1998, a fifth-place outdoor finish in 1999, and a 10th-place indoor finish at the Division I championship meet in 2014.
South Dakota boasts 12 national champions, including three two-time winners, during the Huber era. Those 12 athletes represent nine different events including three pole vault champions and two 800-meter runners. Bethany (Buell) Firsick won South Dakota’s first Division I NCAA Championship when she cleared 14-feet-7.5-inches to win the pole vault at the 2013 outdoor championship meet in Eugene, Ore.
Huber’s experience as a student advisor has paid off big time for the Coyotes. Of South Dakota’s 32 NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients, 20 are track and field athletes who had Huber on staff. Then there’s Alexa Duling, an All-American 400-meter hurdler who in 2013 earned a Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the NCAA with a renewable value of $24,000. Duling is one of 10 USD track and field Academic All-Americans since 2005.
Most recently, Huber has taken the lead in designing USD’s first outdoor track facility since 1979. The facility opened ahead of the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Championship Meet held in Vermillion. The Lillibridge Track Complex features a nine-lane, 400-meter, NCAA-certified BSS 2000 track surface and competition areas for field events all viewable from the 1,000-seat grandstands. Opposite of the grandstand is a 120-meter incline and decline training lane.
Huber is married to the former Stacy Kracht of Mitchell, S.D. They have two daughters, Mackenzie and Josie. Stacy is a member of the Coyotes Sports Hall of Fame and formerly a four-year starter on the Coyotes’ women’s basketball team (1987-91).
Dave Gottsleben | Head Men's Coach
Dave Gottsleben is entering his 33rd season as the Coyote head men's track and field coach in 2016-17.
Gottsleben not only built the Coyote men's program into a power at the Division II level, but has guided South Dakota through a successful transition to Division I status.
Gottsleben led the Coyotes to three straight Summit League titles indoors from 2013-15 and earned Summit League Indoor Track Coach of the Year honors along the way. The Coyote men also won a Summit League title outdoors in 2014, the first at the Division I level.
After establishing the Coyotes as one of the top programs in the North Central Conference, Gottsleben continued that success when USD joined NCAA Division I and the Great West Conference. He guided the men's squad to three straight indoor titles while earning GWC Coach of the Year three times. The Coyotes finished second all three years at the outdoor conference meet.
The Coyote men have qualified 33 individuals and one relay to the NCAA preliminary round. Cody Snyder became the first male to reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2013 prior to returning in 2015 when he earned All-America honors in the discus. Teivaskie Lewin became an All-American in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. Lewin also made the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2016.
Gottsleben was named the NCC Men's Indoor Coach of the Year (tri-NCC Coach of the Year) in 2007 after directing the Coyotes to its seventh indoor title. Overall, he led USD to 14 men's NCC titles.
Named the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association National Outdoor Coach of the Year in May 2006, he was selected from eight regional finalists. It was the second national coach of the year honor for Gottsleben, who was named in 1997 as the USTFCCCA National Indoor Coach of the Year.
At USD he has coached student-athletes that have earned 152 All-America honors, as well as six national champions. At the 2006 Outdoor Nationals, he had five All-Americans, including four that finished first or second. He led his squads to eight top-10 finishes, including third at the NCAA Division II finish at the 1997 indoor meet, a fourth-place finish at the 2006 Outdoor and the 2001 Indoor Nationals and third-place result at the 2000 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Originally of Brookings, S.D., he received 11 North Central Conference Coach of the Year honors (combined indoor and outdoor honors). He was also selected the North Central Region Coach of the Year for the sixth time in 2006. In 1994, he received the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Coaches Association Award for his distinguished service to Division II track.
With the leadership of Gottsleben, the Coyotes have enjoyed a rich tradition, placing fourth or better in 36 of the last 41 NCC indoor and outdoor meets. USD won 14 NCC titles under Gottsleben's direction, including seven indoor and seven outdoor titles.
With Gottsleben's direction, USD was one of the most consistent NCC teams with 15 second-place finishes, two-third place efforts and six NCC championships in the last 24 NCC meets.
In 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002, he was named NCAA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year.
In 1997, he was named the Division II Men's National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track Coaches Association. In 1994, Gottsleben received the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Coaches Association Award for his distinguished service to Division II track. He currently serves on the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame Committee.
Gottsleben received his undergraduate (1975) and master's degree (1980) from South Dakota State. He was the head coach at Menno (SD) High School from 1975-1979, and the head men's and women's track coach at Dakota State from 1979-1983.
Gottsleben and his wife, Helen, live in Yankton. He has one daughter, Kendra.