Joseph "Buddy" Huttanus (Hut-TAN-us) enters his fifth season with the OU soccer program as the Director of Student-Athlete Performance Enhancement in 2016. Huttanus joined head coach Matt Potter's staff in June of 2012 as an important component of Potter's vision for the future of the Sooner program.
Huttanus is responsible for the day-to-day operations off the field, including team travel, serving as a liaison with athletic communications, strength and conditioning, athletics administration and community, alumni and booster club relations.
"We are delighted that Buddy has accepted the position and challenge to join our program," said Potter upon Huttanus's hiring. "Buddy will lead the daily operations of the program and I am thankful to the administration for the opportunity to add Buddy as we build our team and move closer to having the pieces in position to fulfill the ambition and vision of the program."
Prior to his arrival in Norman, Huttanus worked the last three years in Scottsdale, Ariz., with Endurance Rehabilitation and The Center for Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy.In addition to working as an athletic trainer, Huttanus developed weight and conditioning programs and helped manage athletes in regards to fitness plans and goals.
Potter and Huttanus share a connection having both worked with prominent soccer clubs in the state of Arizona.
"Buddy is a certified trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a successful career in the field of elite athletic performance," added Potter. "As our sport grows he is in a group of professionals that constantly are looking at ways to advance our sport as it relates to performance. With a soccer background, he fits perfectly within the personality of our staff and adds another dimension to the resources available to our student-athletes."
Huttanus received his bachelor of science degree in athletic training education from New Mexico State University in 2009.
"I'm very grateful and thankful for coach Potter and the athletic department for giving me this opportunity," said Huttanus. "It will be very exciting to work with the student-athletes and help them achieve all of their goals. The University of Oklahoma is a premier institution. I look forward to being a part of the university as well as the future of Sooner soccer."