Huffman carrying on a family tradition

Posted on: December 12, 2016
Photo of Nate and Maddie Huffman

Today’s Little Miami athletes continue to build a tradition of excellence.

During the 2016 fall sports season, the Little Miami men’s cross country and women’s soccer teams brought home conference championships, the seventh and eighth Southwest Ohio Conference titles for Panther sports.

But what does it take to be a champion athlete? What if answering that question was as easy as asking your dad?

Senior Maddie Huffman can do just that. Her father Nate Huffman was the 1992 Basketball Player of the Year in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference and set several offensive and defensive records that still stand today.

“He likes to brag on himself and like make sure that I play up to his potential,” Maddie said. “He holds records and he’s good and he pushes me to play good.”

Does she know how good he was?

“We watched film a couple of weeks ago of him in high school!” she laughed.

Nate still ranks in the top ten of the all-time highest scorers for Little Miami and holds the records for most dunks (17) and blocked shots (67) in a season.

Maddie is carrying on the family business, earning all conference honors for basketball and soccer and is a key leader for the Lady Panthers this season.

As a dad and assistant varsity girls basketball coach, Nathan said it is hard sometimes to strike a balance.

“When the game is going on and I’m trying to coach her, I want yell at her all the time, believe me,” he said, laughing. “But I refrain and I let [Head Coach] Matt [Tolliver] do all the yelling. He plays the bad guy, I play the good guy role for the team.”

As a competitor Nate says he wants Maddie to reach high, But as a dad, he still wants her to have fun as she wraps up her senior year.

“Hopefully you’ll win some SWOC championships, whether it be soccer or basketball, maybe slide in a player of the year, that would be awesome as well,” he said. “But even if you don’t have fun, go 110 percent … and your mom and I support you 100 percent.”

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