Belleville native Althoff High graduate Brett Huber has been hired at Ole Miss, his alma mater, as Direction of Baseball Operations.
Huber, a 2008 Althoff graduate, set the Ole Miss career saves record by recording 38 from 2010 through 2013.
Huber, 25, said he had discussions with other schools but met with Ole Miss during the winter and things progressed from there. He will be one of two people employed in the position.
“I’ve always wanted to be a college coach,” said Huber, whose first day on the job was Wednesday. “I’ve got a lot of goals that I want to reach and this is one of them. Being this young and being able to come back to an SEC school, and it’s your alma mater, it’s almost unbelievable.
“Last weekend I was able to watch them take two out of three against second-ranked Louisville, so it was exciting to be back in this atmosphere.”
I’ve always wanted to be a college coach. I’ve got a lot of goals that I want to reach and this is one of them. Being this young and being able to come back to an SEC school, and it’s your alma mater, it’s almost unbelievable.
Ole Miss is 6-1 and ranked 13th in the country, its highest ranking since 2014.
“Brett was an outstanding pitcher during his playing days at Ole Miss,” Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said in a release. “It’s always great when a player returns to the program and we are excited to have Brett join our staff.”
Huber said the director of baseball operations job entails everything from planning practice schedules and weekend travel itineraries to setting up things involving travel, equipment and other logistical decisions. He will be part of the team on a daily basis and travel to away games as well.
“Once I walked on campus here when I was 18 years old I just fell in love. Ever since there my heart’s been here in Oxford,” Huber said. “A lot of doors could open from this and I could move my way up into some coaching positions. Having the saves record is great and it’s something I’m proud of, but my career is over with and it’s time to help these kids have the same experiences I had.”
Once I walked on campus here when I was 18 years old I just fell in love. Ever since there my heart’s been here in Oxford.
Huber had 12 saves as a freshman at Mississippi, then combined for 14 more as a sophomore and junior. He added 12 more as a senior, striking out 26 in 23 1/3 innings with a 1.54 ERA and holding opponents to a .181 batting average.
Huber was selected in the 31st round of the 2013 draft by the Detroit Tigers and pitched for one season in the Tigers organization. He later joined the St. Louis Pirates travel baseball club as a pitching instructor and has worked closely with that organization for two years.
He also played for the Pirates before signing with Ole Miss.
“I can't thank (Pirates coach) Rick Strickland enough for what he has done for me since I was 16 years old,” said Huber, who missed his senior year at Althoff after undergoing Tommy John surgery. “I went through a lot of tough times in my life and he was there for me. He helped develop me as a pitcher an athlete but also someone who is a good person off the field.”
Among the players at Ole Miss this season is freshman outfielder D.J. Miller from Granite City. Miller has appeared in four games and is hitting .125 (1-for-8).