GREENVILLE, N.C. - Antonio Huffman has been named director of football operations at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head football coach Ruffin McNeill Monday.
Prior to his appointment at ECU, Huffman served as director of player personnel for two seasons at alma mater Texas Tech where he was the chief liaison officer between the football program and the athletics department's NCAA compliance division. He also held the title of Tech's assistant recruiting coordinator, setting up and executing official and unofficial prospect visits, campus tours and summer camps.
In addition to managing the Red Raiders' eligibility and procedural matters, Huffman also handled housing responsibilities and worked closely with players in academic and community relations activities that prompted the founding of the popular "Huff's Huggables" charity drive. He gained added experience assisting with NFL scouting, team travel and logistical elements of bowl game operations.
"I can say that while Antonio was a stellar player on the field, he far exceeded that level off the field," McNeill said. "He was heavily courted by corporations and businesses after graduation and we were fortunate that we were able to bring his enthusiasm, organizational skills and meticulous approach back into college football. He's simply a great addition to the Pirate family."
Huffman, 27, was also charged with providing oversight of Texas Tech's new Football Training Facility (FTF) in 2009. He supervised both the presentation of the building as well as the maintenance of aesthetics that enabled the FTF to rank as one of the premier training facilities nationally.
A three-year starter as a defensive back for the Red Raiders, Huffman completed his career with 189 tackles, four interceptions and 25 pass breakups. In his final collegiate contest, he was named Defensive MVP of the 2006 Insight Bowl after a game-changing interception helped Texas Tech to a 44-41 overtime victory over Minnesota that completed an improbable comeback. Huffman played one season for the Lubbock Renegades (AFL2) in 2007 before accepting a sales position at Chrysler Motors LLC and then re-joining the Big 12 Conference member a year later.
During his academic tenure at Tech, Huffman earned selection to prestigious honors such as the John Wooden Leadership Cup (2007), NCAA Leadership Conference (2006), Draddy Award (semi-finalist in 2006), President and Dean's List (2005-06). He graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies and is currently working on completing a master's degree in sociology.
Before enrolling at TTU, he attended Garden City (Kan.) Community College in 2001-2003 where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and elected freshman class president.
A highly-recruited athlete out of Lovejoy (Ga.) High School, Huffman also was active in the school's ROTC program as group commander in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Huffman is married to the former Shelley Bartley of Lubbock, Texas, and they are the parents of a son - Aeson Deon (1).