BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan College and athletic director Randy Tenney is pleased to announce the hiring of James Huber as the new men's and women's head golf coach.
Local fans will recognize the name as Huber has worked the past 40 years in the restaurant business with the Wendy's franchise, serving as the operating partner and the franchise owner of seven Wendy's restaurants in central West Virginia including the local one here in Buckhannon for the past 25 years.
In January of this year, Huber semi-retired turning over the day-to-day operations of the Wendy's company to his long-time district manager and operator.
"The timing was right," remarked Huber about accepting the head coaching position. "I interviewed for this position a few years ago, however, I was still working full time. With my semi-retirement, I am now allowed this opportunity to coach."
Tenney remarked about Huber's hiring, "We are very happy to have James running our men's and women's golf programs. He is an avid student of the game and has connections to many golf courses in the region. We are excited about James moving both programs forward."
Huber started playing golf as a teen, but it wasn't until 2007 that he started to play competitive golf in the West Virginia Golf Association (WVGA) senior amateur events.
Since that time, he has played in local and state golf association events including the Golf Channel Am Tour events and winning three events in his flight and qualifying for the Golf Channel National Championships.
He has played in many Pro-Am events with such PGA and LPGA golfers such as Zach Johnson, Fuzzy Zoeller, Craig Stradler, Natalie Gulbis, Christie Kerr, Hal Sutton and more.
Huber has also participated in the USGA Rules courses and assisted the WVGA as a rules official for both junior and collegiate events.
He has caddied on the Futures Tour for Ashley Gomes (Big Break contestant) and on the Nationwide Tour for Zoran Zorkick.
While this will be Huber's first coaching experience at Wesleyan, he served as the head ski racing coach at Davis & Elkins College from 2000-2005. In those five years, both his men's and women's teams qualified for post-season competition at the regional level.
Huber believes he can bring a balance and knowledge to the Bobcat golf teams.
"I have many wonderful experiences with the game of golf from playing some of the country's finest courses and playing with some great golfers from the PGA, Champions Tour and the LPGA," remarked Huber. "These experiences have put me in situations that are similar to what our golfers are in when playing in a competitive tournament."
Huber will inherit a men's team that finished ninth out of 12 teams in the recent Mountain East Conference Championship and a women's team that wasn't able to compete for the title because of a limited roster of four golfers.
"Right now I need to grow our women's team player numbers. When you need to use the best four of five scores in a match and only have four players, the stress is high just on that alone," remarked Huber. "I need to have more than four or five women to work with for each event.
"With the men it will be confidence. They have good golf skills and can play well, however, they still struggle with managing their skill when shots go astray."
The Bobcats and Lady Bobcats will get their spring season underway March 10-12 at Pinehurst.