RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College athletics mourns the loss of longtime softball coach Dr. Jack "Doc" Huber, who passed away on October 4, 2017, at age 76. A beloved psychology professor, he retired in 2011 after more than 30 years of service to Meredith College.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Jones Chapel on the campus of Meredith College. The family requests donations be made to the Meredith Autism Program in lieu of flowers.
Dr. Huber meant so much to this program and touched the lives of all the students, athletes, and staff who knew him. His love of Meredith and the sport of softball was evident in everything he did.
In May of 2011, an alumnae game was held in his honor to celebrate his retirement and the positive impact he had on the softball program throughout his career. Athletes from the class of 1978 to 2010 returned to campus to reunite with the coach who had inspired them both on and off the field.
After his retirement, Doc returned to the program as an assistant coach to work with the current generation of Avenging Angels. He taught us the history of our program and helped us appreciate the solid foundation of dedication and excellence that he had built.
In 2012, the Jack Huber Softball Award was created. This award is presented to one athlete each season who best exemplifies the positive qualities Doc instilled in his players. "Any time we faced a tough situation on the field or at the plate, Doc was always patiently waiting in the dugout with the perfect words of wisdom or joke to lighten the moment," said Sara Cranford, '13, the 2012 recipient of the Jack Huber Softball Award. "Doc always knew just what to say to remind us that no matter what, we were there for the love of the game!"
Outfielder Ashley Green, '14, who received the award in 2013, remembered her coach fondly. "Doc was an inspiration. No matter the length of time you knew him, Doc encouraged and uplifted us through every kind hearted action he showed," said Green. "From the classroom to the ball field, Doc was a role model and mentor to so many. His life was an encouragement and his heart was made of gold. He will truly be missed, but will forever be our angel."
Contributed by Head Softball Coach Kim Scavone