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No More Fluff With Huff

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Cross Country and Track coach Ivan Huff leads a legacy of involvement and hard work

Not many can say they’ve done anything without pause and with such acclaim for over three decades. Luckily, PRHS Cross Country and Track coach Ivan Huff isn’t most people.  

2021 Girls’ Varsity Cross Country team and coaches

Huff has been coaching Cross Country since 1986 and Track since the 90’s. Through his time, he’s also balanced being a professional athlete, supervisor, and father. As for his athletics, Huff has notably qualified for the Olympic trials three times, and was induced in the Bearcat Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments. 

Huff, currently, dedicates so much of his time towards coaching that he can’t pinpoint how many hours per week he spends with his athletes, but is known for leading practice after school during weekdays and on Saturday mornings for his particularly motivated runners. 

“I’m addicted to running,” Huff said, “I love the whole idea of trying to push yourself to get better and better. I like seeing that improvement and how people do more than they think they can.” 

Competition, however, remains one of Huff’s major goals, and he has channeled that by leading a multitude of his teams to great physical heights, most recently coaching Senior Charlotte Castelli and Junior Sydney Moore to positions first and eighth respectively at the CIF Division II race. 

Charlotte Castelli and Sydney Moore at CIF

Other cross country and track participants swear by Huff’s adeptness at coaching, too: Freshman Tony (Nhan) Van notes the incredible growth he’s seen since starting running under Huff. 

“He pushes us to where we thought we couldn’t achieve… He’s helped the whole team a lot through the season and I’m glad he’s our coach,” Van said. 

Xochilt Luis Lopez, 12

Xochilt Luis Lopez, 12, agrees. “Coach Huff is one of the most encouraging, hardworking, and dedicated coaches I’ve ever had,” she said, “He has definitely helped create a family in our team.”

Huff stays loyal to running for a simple, undeniable reason.

“Running teaches kids discipline. If you’re a runner, you know it’s real easy to put it off to the next day… (but) having that consistency (is) very important in life,” Huff said. “You can’t always say ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ or ‘I’ll take care of that later.’ You have to stay on top of it all the time, and that becomes a lifestyle.”

This sportsman’s dedication to this community has made an impact in the lives of countless teens, strengthening legs along with resolve; going the distance as team bonds strengthen and success continues.


“Huff Dad”‘s 2009 10k Finish

For more information on Ivan Huff, check out some of his many appearances in Crimson and other Paso newsmagazines below.

Ivan Huff, 2018 (CREDIT: Sarah Jagger)
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Kalani Gaviola, Editor-in-Chief
Kalani Gaviola, senior, is one of the Editor-in-Chiefs of Crimson Newsmagazine, as well as co-InDepth Director. This is her second year as Editor-in-Chief and InDepth Director, and her third year in Crimson. Outside of Crimson, she is a varsity Cross Country and Track athlete, ASB Staff and Student Director, and an enjoyer of creative writing, reading, and drawing.
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    Geoffrey Douglas LandFeb 25, 2022 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for writing this article, Kalani! Huff is a true legend at PRHS, coaching and inspiring decades of Bearcat runners who have taken his example and wisdom and literally run with them throughout their lives. It’s impossible to truly capture his importance to our student athletes, but your article helps remind us to appreciate every day and every mile Huff contributes to our running program.

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