Collette Huffman
Collette Huffman
College: Valparaiso '99
Position: Assistant Coach

Collette Huffman was named assistant track and cross country coach at Butler University in July of 2008. Huffman (formerly Collette Liss) was a state champion distance runner in high school, an All-American runner in college and a three-time USA national champion as a professional.

Training in Indianapolis as a Nike-sponsored athlete from 2000-07, Huffman represented the United States eleven times on the international stage. She was a member of six IAAF World Championship teams for the U. S., three in cross country and three in track. She competed in the 1,500 meter run at the Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004, and she won USA titles at the 1999 USA Fall Cross Country Championships (6,000 meters), the 2001 USA Indoor National Championships (mile) and the 2001 USA National Road Championships (5,000 meters). Known for her outstanding racing range, Huffman has clocked personal bests of 2:04.08 (800 meters), 4:09.10 (1,500 meters), 4:32.02 (mile), 15:28.32 (5,000 meters) and 33:04 (10K road).

Huffman graduated with honors from Valparaiso University in 1999. As an undergraduate, she set every Valparaiso distance running record from 800 to 10,000 meters. A five-time NCAA national meet qualifier, she earned All-America recognition in the indoor 3,000 meter run (1998) and the indoor mile (1999). Huffman was named Mid-Continent Conference Athlete of the Year in 1999, and she was inducted into the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame in 2004.

A standout distance runner at Valparaiso High School, Huffman won Indiana state titles in both the 1,600 meter run and the 3,200 meter run in 1991. She was inducted into the IATCC Indiana State High School Hall of Fame in the spring of 2008.