Russ Huesman Cherishes Coaching and Seeing His Son Jacob at UTC

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Updated: 6/10/2014 6:59 pm
Chattanooga-(WDEF) As Father's Day approaches on Sunday, we continue our series on local coaches who have had the opportunity to coach one of their kids.
Tonight, we've got Mocs head football coach Russ Huesman, who still coaches his son, Mocs quarterback Jacob Huesman.
   Jacob Huesman's original college football dream was not to play for his dad, but for a certain high profile team.
"When I was growing up, I always wanted to play for Notre Dame."
    Russ would have loved to have seen Jacob play for the Irish or another major division one school, and that's where Russ drew the line.
"In the recruiting process, I told him he could either go to an ACC or an SEC school or Chattanooga. That was it."
   Despite an offer from Georgia Tech, Jacob decided to stick with his plan to play for his dad at UTC.
"So that was a big part of it was being able to know that I'm playing for my Dad, who in my opinion, is the best coach in football."
Said Russ,"That's what made it so good. We like each other. I like hanging around him. He's a good kid. I wanted to coach him. But watching him play, I knew he could help our football team too."
Last season, Jacob Huesman was named the SoCon offensive player of the year, while Russ Huesman was named the SoCon coach of the year, as UTC grabbed a share of the SoCon title.
Said Jacob,"After we beat App State this last year, I saw him standing there. We saw each other and went up and gave each other a big hug. We did it. We beat App State. It was the moment that stands out in my mind in particular."
Added Russ,"But I think the best part, and the part that I cherish the most, is seeing him in the hallway every day. I make sure I get out of my office. Walk down. I know when he's getting to his meetings. I always say hello to him. How are you doing. I think that's best part of the whole deal."
    Jacob says sharing his college days with Dad has been a unique experience.
"I think Wednesdays we would go to Jefferson's together because I had an open lunch period when he was taking his lunch break. So we would go a few weeks last year and eat at Jefferson's together."
Said Russ,"I think the only time he doesn't like to see me is when I walk up and say, how is class going. What kind of grades you got?"

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