July 16, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach April Likhite announced Wednesday that 2013 alum Audrey Huth, one of the most successful runners in Northwestern program history, has been hired as an assistant coach in advance of the 2014 campaign. Huth officially begins her duties on Monday, August 4.
Following her four years as one of the Wildcats' top performers on the cross country course, Huth spent 2013-14 earning a masters degree in management studies and completing her running eligibility at Duke University.
"I am beyond excited to be coming back to NU," Huth said. "Being a part of Northwestern Cross Country is something truly special and I look forward to sharing my passion for the program with current and future Wildcats. I am incredibly grateful to (Vice President for Athletics and Recreation) Dr. Jim Phillips and April for offering me the opportunity to help Northwestern Cross Country continue to grow and improve."
"Our program is thrilled to be welcoming Audrey back to Northwestern in the role of assistant coach," said Likhite, who is entering her 11th overall season in charge of the Wildcats. "Her passion and belief in Northwestern Cross Country has been evident since she arrived here as a freshman in 2009 and will be enormous assets for us moving forward. As she makes the transition from athlete to coach, I have great confidence that she will serve as a valuable mentor for our student-athletes on and off the course."
At Northwestern, Huth established a 6K school record of 20:19 and in 2010 became the first Wildcat to qualify for the NCAA Championships in nearly a decade, doing so with a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships. In 2011, she placed 10th at the Big Ten Championships to earn All-Big Ten distinction.
Huth, who graduated from Northwestern with a degree in philosophy and a minor in business institutions, was a 2013 recipient of the N Club Achievement Award, presented to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding athletic and achievement as well as good citizenship in the community. The Michigan native was a member of the executive board of Northwestern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a regular coach in local Girls on the Run youth 5K initiatives and a counselor at NU's Camp Run Wild.
Huth then pursued her fifth year of eligibility at Duke where she became an instant asset to the Blue Devils' track and field programs, earning nomination by her teammates as a team leader for the indoor season and running on an ACC championship distance medley relay squad.
Huth assumes the Northwestern assistant coach position following the departure of Patricia Loughlin Tormey, who spent four years working alongside Likhite and contributing to NU's best Big Ten and NCAA Regional Championship performances in nearly a decade.
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