Eddie Huydic, like most sons, has always looked up to his father, so much so that he chose to follow in his footsteps.
This week Huydic took the first step on the road to having the same success as Ed Huydic, the veteran girls basketball coach at Staples High School.
Eddie, who has been on his dad’s staff for the last five years, on Wednesday was honored as the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Girls Basketball Assistant Coach of the Year.
“It was amazing. It means the world to me after what my dad and Karen have done for so long,” said Eddie, 26, the Wreckers’ junior varsity coach, referring to long-time Staples assistant Karen DeFelice. “They’ve taught me so much. I feel so blessed and honored to accept the award with all the accomplished athletes in the building and the coaches who support those athletes.”
Ed Huydic has been the Wreckers’ coach for 34 years. He has over 430 wins, with one state and four FCIAC titles. Seeing Eddie get his first taste of acclaim was, to say the least, a proud moment.
“When I submitted his name for recognition, he had only really coached for five years and I didn’t think he’d have much of a chance, but they were impressed,” Ed Huydic said. “When I heard back that he was chosen it was an absolutely wonderful feeling. I feel blessed and honored.”
Eddie is the second of Ed Huydic’s assistants to win the award. DeFelice, one of the best players in Staples history, is a previous recipient.
Eddie said he hopes this award will be part of the springboard to help him attain his father’s level of success.
“I don’t know any of my friends in sports who get to coach with a family member,” Eddie said. “My father’s a legend. He has a lot of accomplishments on his resume, he’s my father and he’s taught me everything I need to know about basketball. I love him so much.”
Ed Huydic said he is uncertain when he might step down from coaching, but he knows the person he would like to be his replacement.
“When the time comes, if a Huydic boy is interested he’s going to get my highest recommendation, that’s for sure,” Ed Huydic said.