Dragons senior Huber quietly makes his mark in the long jump
Brian Huber had lofty expectations when he entered the Minnesota State Moorhead men's track program. Dragons coach Ryan Milner remembers Huber setting high standards and then not talking about them much after that.
"He looked at our record board and said I want to break these couple of records," Milner said. "There were some big names in those positions. ... After that, it was going about making them happen."
Huber, now a senior, has delivered while going about his work quietly, Milner said. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Huber has let his performances do the talking. He has the indoor and outdoor schools records in the men's long jump with leaps of 25 feet, 2¾ inches for both marks.
"Brian is a special individual. He has all the tools to be a good long jumper," said Dragons assistant coach Trevor Barry, who coaches long jump and triple jump. "He's really hungry."
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Outdoor Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Winona, Minn. Huber is the defending NSIC outdoor champion in the long jump. He has the the fourth best reported long jump in NCAA Division II heading into the weekend.
Huber credits Barry for his strong senior season. In his first year as an MSUM assistant, Barry is a two-time Olympian, representing the Bahamas at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Games. A former North Dakota State assistant coach, Barry was an eight-time NAIA national champion at Dickinson State.
Barry was a high jump finalist at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro and finished in 11th place.
"It's made a huge difference in my jumping," Huber said. "It's been so much better, I'm been such much more consistent. ... It's pretty cool to have someone like that with your every day."
A multiple-time All-American, Huber said Barry has helped him in many aspects, including technique and injury prevention. A fifth-year senior, Huber said this is the healthiest he's felt during his Dragons career.
From Staples, Minn., Huber was the Minnesota Class A state champion in the boys long jump during his senior season at Staples-Motley High School.
"That elite level has always been a part of mindset," Milner said. "I think one of the big differences is having the ability to work with Trevor."
Huber finished third in the men's long jump at the NCAA Division II indoor championships in March with a jump of 25-2¾. A criminal justice major, Huber has two meets remaining in his decorated college career.
Milner thinks Huber has the ability to pop a 26-foot jump before his career ends.
"That would be a big jump," Milner said. "If someone can pull it off it is Brian. Hopefully, that happens in a championship coming up. ... He likes to win championships and long jump is his baby."
Barry said athletes like Huber making coaching enjoyable.
"It's fun. I'm doing this to give back," Barry said. "It's a passion of mine. He's very coachable. You can see the hunger in him. He wants to succeed."