Inducted in 2015
Chuck Huggins has proudly coached softball at his alma mater, Colonel Crawford, for 28 years. After graduating from Col. Crawford, Coach Huggins went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Bluffton College and later he received a master’s in administration from Ashland University.
During Chuck’s high school years at Col. Crawford, he had the pleasure of having fellow hall of fame member, Robert (Mac) Morrison as his high school principal. Over the years, many of Chuck’s teams had the honor of receiving their championship medals from Mac, as he was a long-time member of the Northwest District Athletic Board. A very fond memory of Coach Huggins is the time Mac presented Chuck with his championship medal. They shook hands, embraced and Mac looked Chuck in the eye, got a big smile on his face and said, ”I want you to know, young man, how much of an honor it is to continually present you and our Col. Crawford teams with these medals…you keep up the good work!”
Chuck taught three years at Lima City Schools before going back home to the Crawford district where Chuck taught 6th grade math, science and language arts for 32 years. He retired from the classroom in 2013 after 35 years in the teaching profession.
Chuck’s entire head softball career has been at Col. Crawford.
He has had some outstanding teams and has won the NCC many times. Chuck’s overall record is 568-204. He is in the top five for total wins in Ohio high school softball. His winning percentage is .704. He has had 63 total championships including:
16 Conference Championships
25 Sectional championships
14 District Championships
7 Regional Championships-1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2013
3 State Runner-ups- 1993, 1999, 2013
1 State Championship- 1995
Other career highlights include being inducted into the OHSFSCA Hall of Fame in June 2004. Winning the “Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity” Award for the OHSAA Northwest District in May 2014 and for winning the same award statewide in May 2014.
The Colonel Crawford community honored Chuck by naming the high school softball field “The Chuck Huggins Field” in September 2007.
From 2007-2010 Chuck had the opportunity to coach his daughter, Natalie, where she earned 1st Team All-Ohio Honors in 2009. Chuck and his wife Julie have been married 33 years, and are the proud parents of three children, Chuck, an accountant, Neil a law student, and Natalie, a language arts teacher in the Shelby School System.