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Brett Huber: From Ole Miss Baseball Player To Director of Operations

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A familiar face has been roaming the Rebels dugout this season, but in a new role. Former Rebel closer and all time saves leader, Brett Huber, has come back and joined the baseball staff as one of the clubs directors of operations.

In 2013, Huber was drafted in the 31st round by the Detroit Tigers after a very successful senior campaign. Huber spent one year with the organization, then decided to pursue a career as a coach and became the pitching coordinator for the St. Louis Pirates youth baseball club.

The two years at the youth academy helped Huber learn a lot about proper pitching technique and how to develop and coach younger players.

“I was able to work with some of the best pitching coaches in the country during those two seasons and really learned how the body works to create the most velocity it can produce,” Huber said. “But the most important part was being able to help develop those young men on and off the field which was something I wanted to get better at.”

Huber was starting to get some recognition as a young, up-and-coming coach and started to receive some job offers from prestigious baseball universities.

“There were some other schools in contact but once the opportunity with Ole Miss came up I quickly jumped on it. Oxford is home to me,” Huber said.

The transition from stud closer to Director of Operations for your Alma Mater is a tough one, but Huber has made it look easy so far.

“I must admit it was difficult the first few games watching from the dugout,” Huber said. “But I overcame it quickly because I realized that I am able to work with one of the best coaching staffs in the country.”

His experience, not only playing for the Rebels, but also playing professionally has been vital to his success. Huber is looking to continue to advance his career in baseball with hopes of becoming a pitching coach one day.

“A coaching job is something that I’m looking for. In the past, a lot of the operation guys have eventually become volunteer coaches either at Ole Miss or other schools, so I’m excited to see where it can take me.”

As for now, Huber couldn’t be happier with his role and where he is in life.
“It’s been fun. It can be a lot of hard work, but it’s something I can take pride in,” Huber said.

You can catch Brett and the rest of the Rebels this weekend in Tuscaloosa as they prepare for a tough conference road series against the Crimson Tide.

Alex Gonzalez is a senior journalism major at The Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He can be reached at acgonza1@go.olemiss.edu.

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