Leslie Huntington
Leslie Huntington
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (715) 836-2663
Email: huntinla@uwec.edu
Season: 14th Year
  • Softball program's ninth head coach (first season was 2002)
    • Also serves as senior woman administrator (SWA)
  • Guided Blugolds to an NCAA Division III title in 2008, the first in program history
    • Blugolds went 8-0 in NCAA post-season play to win the title
    • Team finished third in 2007
  • Won three straight WIAC Coach of the Year awards (2004, 2005, 2006)
    • Blugolds won WIAC titles each of those seasons, the first time in WIAC history a team won three straight
    • Also named Coach of the Year in 2012
  • Blugolds' all-time winningest coach
    • All-time wins mark is third best in WIAC history
    • Named Co-Coach of the WIAC All-time team (only current Blugold Head Coach to be honored)
  • Blugolds receive national, regional and conference recognition
    • 2008 coaching staff received National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) Coaching Staff of the Year
    • 2006 and 2007 coaching staff received NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year
    • Six Blugolds have earned All-American honors
    • 38 have received All-Region recognition
    • 42 have been named first team All-WIAC selections
    • Eight Academic All-District selections
  • Serving the softball community
    • Chair of NFCA Top 25 Committee and the WIAC Softball Sport Committee in 2007
    • Member of the NFCA Top 25 Committee from 2005-07
    • Great Lakes Region representative on NFCA All-American Committee in 2008 and 2009
    • Chair of the NFCA All-American Committee in 2009
    • Speaker on panel on Recruiting at 2009 NFCA National Convention
    • 4-star master coach (out of 4 stars) through the NFCA National Fastpitch Coaches College
    • Director of Blugold Fastpitch Camps and Clinics
    • Provides instruction for Altoona, Eau Claire and Seymour youth fastpitch programs
    • Co-owner of the Eau Claire Sport Warehouse – an indoor training facility for youth players
  • Serving at UW-Eau Claire
    • Current member of Campus Strategic Planning Committee and Student-Affairs Strategic Planning Committee
    • Current member of Vice Chancellor-appointed University Assessment Committee
    • Previously served on:
      • Academic Scholarship Committee as the chairperson
      • Chancellor-appointed Student Services Study Group in 2007
      • McPhee/Olson Facility Committee
      • University Higher Learning Commission Accreditation subcommittee
      • University Alcohol Education Committee
    • Has also served on several search committees for hiring coaches and other campus personnel
  • Previous coaching/athletic administration experience
    • Assistant Coach at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa
      • 1997 and 1999 teams won NCAA Division III titles
      • 1996 and 1998 teams finished third at NCAA Division III Championship
    • Assistant basketball coach at Simpson during 1995-96 season
    • Served as head athletic trainer at Simpson for six years
    • Co-head coach of Nevada Community Schools softball program in Nevada, Iowa during the summer of 2000 and 2001
    • Spent two years as a certified athletic trainer with the Des Moines Sports Medicine Clinic in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Education
    • Earned Bachelor's degree from Buena Vista College in 1992 and was two-sport athlete
      • 3- year member of BVU softball team
        • Played first base and was a co-captain on BVU's NCAA Division III national runner-up softball team in 1992
        • 4-year member of BVU basketball team 1988-1992
          • 1989-90 Team advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual national champion Hope College (Mich.)
          • GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-Region honors in softball
    • Earned Master's degree from Iowa State University in December, 2000 in health and human performance with an emphasis in sports administration

Updated 8/27/14