RCTC vs. ICCC Baseball

Rochester Community and Technical College head baseball coach Steve Hucke talks to his team during a game in 2016. Hucke resigned on Monday after 16 seasons as the Yellowjackets' coach.

Steve Hucke spent 16 years in the Rochester Community and Technical College dugout and third base coaches box.

Next season, someone else will fill those cleats.

Hucke announced Monday that he is resigning as the Yellowjackets head coach after 16 seasons and 353 victories. Hucke said he is leaving southeastern Minnesota to move to North Carolina to pursue new opportunities.

"I would like to personally thank Steve for his years of dedication to and work with our student-athletes," RCTC athletics director Steve Lester said in a press release. "He has positively impacted so many students, not only in the baseball program, but in the women's basketball program as well. We wish him the best of luck as he makes the move to the southeast."

Hucke, 52, also resigned as the Yellowjackets' women's basketball coach in February. He coached RCTC to a 297-174 record in his 17 seasons as basketball coach. That included a 34-0 record and an NJCAA national championship in 2008-09, when Hucke was named the NCAA Division III national basketball coach of the year.

Hucke's RCTC baseball teams compiled an overall record of 339-282-1. He also had a 14-25 record during a season coach at Wisconsin-River Falls.

RCTC qualified for the Minnesota College Athletic Conference state tournament in 13 of Hucke's 16 seasons. The Yellowjackets were division champions in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. They won division, state and regional championships in 2011, when they qualified for the NJCAA Division III World Series in Tyler, Texas.

Hucke coached six All-Americans and dozens of All-Region, All-District, All-State and All-Division players.

“It’s been a wonderful time,” Hucke said back in February when he announced he was resigning from his basketball coaching position. “But it’s just time to turn it over to someone else.”

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