Rochester, MN - Longtime baseball Coach Steve Hucke has announced he is stepping down from the RCTC baseball program after 16 years in the dugout. RCTC Athletic Director Mike Lester said "I would like to personally thank Steve for his years of dedication to and work with our student-athletes. He has positively impacted so many students, not only in the baseball program, but in the women's basketball program as well. We wish him the best of luck as he makes the move to the southeast. Our program will not be the same without him in the third base coaches box, and he will be missed."
Coach Hucke finished his baseball coaching career with a record of 339-282-1 at RCTC, and 353-306-1 overall (14-25 at UW-River Falls). His teams have participated in the MCCC/MCAC State Tournament 13 of the 16 years he has been here. The Yellowjackets were Co-Division Champions in 2014, 2013 and were Division, State, and Region Champions in 2011, and participated in the NJCAA DIII World Series in Tyler, Texas. His teams have consistently battled for title of Division Champions (2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010), have played in two Region Championships (2012-runner-up, 2011 champions), and have won one Region and one State Championship.
He has coached six All-Americans and many All-Region, All-District, All-State, and All-Division recipients as well. He has been named Division, State, and Region Coach of the Year numerous times. Many of his players have transferred to various four-year schools throughout the country and various levels of competition, including 2019 graduate and pitcher Jeremiah Van De Steeg, who will be playing at Southwest State next fall.
Coach Hucke will be leaving RCTC and moving to North Carolina to pursue new opportunities.