Huskisson bringing his collegiate team to WKU Saturday
By Jim Turner


Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM



This is homecoming weekend on The Hill at Western Kentucky University. Brad Huskisson is coming home.

The Auburn native and graduate of Logan County High School is bringing his Columbus State University softball team from Georgia to WKU to play the Lady Toppers Saturday at 9 a.m. and Tennessee State University at 1 p.m.

Huskisson is beginning his fourth full year as the head coach of the Lady Cougar softball team and eighth year overall at Columbus State University in the 2012-2013 year. He served as interim head coach during the 2009 season and was the top assistant in the years prior.

In 2012, Huskisson had his finest moment while in charge of the CSU softball program leading the Lady Cougars to the NCAA Tournament after storming to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament crown. Down the stretch, Columbus State won 10 out of the last 12 regular season games.

In the PBC Tournament, hosted by CSU at Cougar Field, the Lady Cougars became the first team in PBC softball Tournament history to win every game in the tournament as the lowest seed in the matchup. CSU entered the tournament as the fifth seed and proceeded to take down fourth seeded Flagler, regular season champions Armstrong Atlantic State University and three-time defending PBC Tournament champions North Georgia in the championship game.

It was the first PBC Tournament title for Columbus State since 2007.

Entering the NCAA Tournament on a seven-game winning streak, the Lady Cougars defeated Augusta State 2-1 in the opening round of the Southeast Regional. After a heartbreaking 2-1 loss against North Georgia, Augusta State eliminated Columbus State from the tournament. CSU ended the season with a 40-20 record, the sixth most wins in program history.

The 2012 team broke several school records including homeruns by a team as the Lady Cougars sent 69 balls over the fence. The 69 homeruns also broke the single-season Peach Belt Conference record.

In his first full season without the interim tag, Huskisson had a tough year going 21-28-1 and missed out on the conference tournament. However, Huskisson had a quick turnaround leading a young group of Lady Cougars to a 37-16 record in 2011. It was CSU’s best record since the 2007 season when the Lady Cougars went 58-5.

As head coach, Huskisson has had 11 All-Peach Belt Conference athletes in just three full seasons. In 2012, he coached his first NFCA All-American in Casey Googe. Huskisson also had four players on the 2012 sqaud named as All-Southeast Region players.

While serving as the assistant coach for the Lady Cougars, Huskisson was apart of a highly successful run including winning the Peach Belt Conference regular season and conference tournament twice. In 2007, CSU set a school record with 58 wins and finished third at the NCAA Division II World Series, the best finish in school history.

He spent five years as the head coach at Brescia University in Kentucky prior to his arrival at CSU. While at Brescia, Huskisson took a losing program and earned conference, regional, and national attention winning 153 games in his five seasons. His first year was the only losing season he had while at Brescia. The 2004 season marked success when he led the Lady Bearcats to a 44-22 record, winning the KIAC regular season championship, the Region XII Tournament, and finishing ninth at the NAIA World Series. His 2005 squad posted a 29-16 slate and won its third-straight KIAC championship, along with the league tournament. Huskisson developed one All-America player, 13 All-Region players, and 49 All-Conference performers during his tenure at Brescia. He also produced 23 Academic All-America performers, over 100 Dean's List students and was named Region XII Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004.

Huskisson is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and, in addition to his collegiate coaching experience, has coached at Russellville Middle School and Logan County High School.

He resides in Columbus with his wife Robin, who is a nurse manager at St. Francis Hospital. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two labs, Katie and Dusty.

This will be Huskisson's first season to coach without the presence of his dad, the late Joe Husskison, who was Brad's biggest supporter. Joe was a youth league coach who helped launch the sports careers of several standout athletes and coaches, including his own son.

Huskisson's Record Year-By-Year

Year Record Conference Postseason
2008* 11-6 4-4 --
2009* 30-31 9-9 --
2010 21-28-1 5-14 --
2011 37-16 12-8 --
2012 40-20 11-9 Southeast Regional (1-2)
Totals 139-101-1 41-44 1 Appearance (1-2)

* - Indicates interim head coaching years




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