Huffman Named to Head Coaching Job
A man with ties to the Piggott area has been named the new head baseball coach at Young Harris College, in Georgia. Recently, Travis Huffman was named as the new skipper for the Mountain Lions after serving as an assistant the past four seasons under Rick Robinson. Last month Robinson took the head coaching job at UT-Martin, resulting in the opportunity.
Huffman is the son of Piggott High School graduates Marty (Vaughn) Renard and Tim Huffman, and the grandson of the late Roy and Jean Huffman and Emmis and Bonnie Vaughn.
"I believe Coach Huffman is the right person to guide our baseball program as we move to the next level," said Dunn. "The baseball student-athletes truly trust and respect him and coupled with his experience, passion and work ethic our committee thought he was best candidate for the position."
Dunn noted during Huffman's time at the college he had observed firsthand what the expectations are from the College, Peach Belt Conference and NCAA. "Knowing he understands the NCAAs "Life in the Balance" philosophy and he will run the baseball program in this manner was important to our committee as we made our selection," he added.
With the Mountain Lions, Huffman worked with the infielders and outfielders as well as hitting. He implemented weight programs for all position players and was responsible for the pregame scouting reports on opponents. He was also responsible for summer league player placement.
During his time in the Enchanted Valley, Young Harris, which has won 114 games over the past four seasons, has transitioned into a member of NCAA Division II and the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. During that time, the Mountain Lions have had four players named to the All-Peach Belt team, five named to the PBC All-Academic team, three all-region, two Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II Baseball selections, and one All-American.
"I would like to thank President Cox and Director of Athletics Randy Dunn for allowing me this opportunity to lead the Young Harris College baseball program," said Huffman. "Young Harris College has been a special place for my family over the past four years and we are thrilled that I will be the next head baseball coach."
Huffman also noted it was an exciting time to be at the college, as they are now active members of NCAA Division II, and able to compete for conference and national championships.
"Young Harris baseball has had a rich tradition of winning in years past as a junior college and I look forward to establishing the program at the Division II level while competing in one of the best baseball conferences in the nation."
Prior to coming to Young Harris, Huffman served as an assistant coach at Old Dominion University where he worked with the hitters and outfielders for three years. During his time with the Monarchs, pitcher Daniel Hudson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fifth round in 2008. Hudson is currently on the 40-man roster for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Before working at Old Dominion, Huffman served as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney College where he worked with the Tiger hitters and outfielders, while also helping with recruitment of prospective student-athletes.
Huffman was the head coach at Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kan., for two seasons, where he compiled a 26-18 record, and helped lead the 2005 squad to their first-ever state playoff appearance. In the summer of 2005, Huffman served as an assistant coach in the Shenandoah Valley League with the New Market Rebels. With the Rebels, he coached the hitters and served as third base coach.
Huffman is a 2003 graduate of the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan., where he earned his bachelor's degree in sports management.
Travis and his wife Erin, who also graduated from Saint Mary, have one son, Charlie, who is two years old.