Kris Huffman
Kris Huffman
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach/Assistant Athletics Director/SWA
Phone: 765-658-4960
Alma Mater: University of Northern Iowa '90

Kris Huffman is in her 25th season as DePauw’s head women’s basketball coach and is the program’s winningest coach with a 571-117 career record and a 308-36 mark in conference games.

Her .830 winning percentage (entering the 2017-18 season) ranked eighth among active coaches on all NCAA levels with at least five years experience and ninth all-time among coaches (active or retired) with at least 10 years experience.

Since the beginning of the 1995-96 season, the Tigers have amassed a 549-91 record for an .858 winning percentage. The totals wins are the most in that span by any Division III school, while the winning percentage ranks second.

The 2016-17 Tigers finished with a 27-3 record including the program's fifth North Coast Athletic Conference title in six years of league competition, its 14th straight NCAA Division III Championship appearance and an NCAA first-round win. Huffman was named the NCAC Coach of the Year, marking the 12th time in her career she's earned such a distinction.

DePauw's 2015-16 squad made the program's 13th straight NCAA appearance and posted a 22-7 record including an NCAC tournament title, while the 2014-15 Tigers finished NCAC play at 16-0 and advanced to the Round of 16 with a pair of wins in the NCAA tournament.

Huffman led the 2013-14 Tigers to a third straight North Coast Athletic Conference title and conference tournament title. DePauw earned the program's 11th straight NCAA appearance and 15th in the last 19 seasons and advanced to the national quarterfinals for the second straight season.

In 2012-13, Huffman led DePauw to a 34-0 record and the program's second NCAA Division III title in seven years after the Tigers topped Wisconsin-Whitewater, 69-51, in the title game. In their run to the title, the Tigers won their six tournament games by an average margin of 19 points. 

The Tigers became the seventh team in Division III history to finish a season undefeated and the first to win 34 games. DePauw won all 16 North Coast Athletic Conference games for the second straight season and swept the three NCAC tournament games for the second consecutive year.

Huffman was named the Division III Coach of the Year by, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Women's DIII News.

In 2011-12, Huffman directed DePauw to a 27-2 overall record including a perfect 16-0 mark in its first year of North Coast Athletic Conference competition. The Tigers also won the NCAC tournament to earn the program's ninth straight trip to the NCAA Division III Championship and 13th in the last 17 years. DePauw advanced to the second round before losing to Carthage. The Tigers amassed the second-longest winning streak in school history at 26 games and Huffman was named the NCAC Coach of the Year. The season was also the 11th straight 20-win campaign and 15th in the last 16 seasons.

Huffman led the 2010-11 Tigers to a 25-4 record including a 15-1 mark in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and an SCAC tournament championship. DePauw appeared in its eighth straight NCAA Division III Championship and 12th in the last 16 years, while posting its 10th straight 20-win season and 14th in the last 15 years. The conference championship was the Tigers' 10th in 13 seasons. Huffman was named the SCAC's Co-Coach of the Year, marking the seventh time she's earned the distinction in that conference and ninth overall. She directed the 2009-10 Tigers to a 26-4 record, while the 2008-09 squad finished 22-6.

Huffman's 2007-08 Tigers finished with a 28-4 record, a third straight SCAC title and a third consecutive NCAA Division III quarterfinal appearance. She earned SCAC Coach of the Year honors for the third straight year and sixth time in 10 seasons. DePauw’s appearance in the round of 16 was its sixth in the last 11 seasons and the quarterfinal trip the fourth in the last seven years.

She led the 2006-07 Tigers to the University’s first national athletic team championship as DePauw defeated Washington-St. Louis by a 55-52 count at Springfield College on March 17, 2007. The championship capped a school-record 31-win campaign against just three losses and a seventh Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title in nine years. Huffman was named the national coach of the year by and WDIII News and also earned her fifth SCAC Coach of the Year award.

Huffman directed the 2005-06 Tigers to a, then, school-record 29 wins against just two losses and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals. Huffman was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year for the fourth time and the Tigers won a school-record 28 straight.

In 2004-05, Huffman led the Tigers to the top seed in the SCAC Championship after finishing with the best regular season record in conference play. The Tigers finished second in the SCAC tournament and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. They finished 23-6 after falling to Calvin in the second round.

In 2003-04, Huffman directed the Tigers to the SCAC title, a berth in the NCAA tournament and a school record-tying 26 wins. Huffman was named the SCAC Coach of the Year for the third time which also marked her fifth conference coach of the year honor overall.

The 2002 Tigers finished third at the NCAA Division III Championship and Huffman was named the Division III Coach of the Year by both the WBCA and WDIII News. DePauw won a school-record 26 games that season and lost just four in capturing its sixth straight conference title. They also won a school-record 20 straight during the campaign. On their way to the national semifinals, the Tigers knocked off fourth-ranked Hardin-Simmons and second-ranked Wilmington on consecutive nights.

Huffman was named the 2002 SCAC Coach of the Year and also earned WBCA District Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year and third time in four seasons.

During the 2000-01 campaign she led the Tigers to a tri-SCAC championship, was the South Region Coach of the Year and a finalist for Division III Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons.

The 1999-2000 Tigers notched a fourth consecutive 20-win season and shared the SCAC title with Hendrix. They also extended their conference win streak to 43 games and set an SCAC record with 25 consecutive wins in that conference.

In 1998-99, their first season as members of the SCAC, the Tigers finished with a perfect 18-0 conference record and a third appearance in four years in the NCAA Division III Championship. The Tigers, seeded first in the South Region, won a second-round home game over Austin College before being eliminated in the round of 16 by eventual national runner-up St. Benedict. The 22-5 season also included a school-record 17-game win streak.

Huffman earned SCAC Coach of the Year honors which was her third such conference award in her young career. She also was the South Region Coach of the Year and one of eight finalists for the Division III Coach of the Year award.

During the 1997-98 season, Huffman led the Tigers to a then school-record 23 wins against just five losses and the program’s second NCAA Division III Championship appearance in three years. The Tigers earned a number two seed in the Great Lakes Region and beat Baldwin-Wallace in a second-round home game before losing to St. Thomas in the round of 16.

The Tigers also captured the regular season and tournament championships in the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference and were the first team to win all 10 conference games in a single season. For her efforts she earned her second ICAC Coach of the Year honor in three years.

Huffman led the Tigers to a then school-record 22 wins against just four losses in 1996-97 as the Old Gold shared the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference title with Hanover.

During the 1995-96 season, Huffman was named the ICAC Coach of the Year after directing the Tigers to a 19-7 record and the team’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament.

In her first season in Greencastle, she led the Tigers to a 12-12 finish and a tie for second place in the ICAC. 

A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Huffman was named Miss Basketball in Iowa following her senior year in high school when she led her team to a state championship. She then moved on to Division I Northern Iowa where she played basketball and earned a bachelor’s degree in community health education.

She still is the Panthers’ career three-point record holder with a .483 percentage, is third with an .817 career free throw percentage and recorded the only triple-double in school history with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Eastern Illinois on January 31, 1986. Huffman finished as the second all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,294 points and still ranks sixth. Her 322 career assists still rank fifth.

She remained at UNI and received a master’s degree in health education. Huffman is also an Iowa Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. In 2013, she earned induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame while receiving the Silver Medal Award.

Huffman served as an assistant coach at Wartburg College where she helped them to four straight appearances in the Division III tournament.

In June 2008, Huffman served as a court coach for the 2008 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Huffman also serves as assistant athletics director and currently serves on the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship national committee and is a regional advisory chair. She previously served on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors.

Kris Huffman Career Head Coaching Highlights

Conference Championships
Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference
1996-97 (co-champions), 1997-98 (regular season and tournament)
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
1998-99, 1999-00 (co-champions), 2000-01 (tri-champions),
2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11
North Coast Athletic Conference
2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 (tournament), 2016-17

Conference Coach of the Year
Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference
1995-96; 1997-98
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
1998-99; 2001-02; 2003-04; 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11
North Coast Athletic Conference
2011-12, 2012-13, 2016-17

District Coach of the Year
WBCA: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006

National Coach of the Year
WBCA: 2002, 2013
WDIII News: 2002, 2007, 2013 2007, 2013

NCAA Championship appearances
1996, 1998, 1999, 2002 (third), 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (champions), 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (champions), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  Overall Conference  
Year W L Pct. W L Pct. Finish
1993-94 12 12 .500 5 3 .625 tie-2nd
1994-95 10 14 .417 2 6 .250 4th
1995-96 19 7 .731 8 2 .800 2nd
1996-97 22 4 .846 9 1 .900 tie-1st
1997-98 23 5 .821 10 0 1.000 1st
1998-99 22 5 .815 18 0 1.000 1st
1999-00 20 5 .800 15 3 .833 tie-1st
2000-01 19 6 .750 14 4 .778 tie-1st
2001-02 26 4 .867 17 1 .944 1st
2002-03 22 5 .815 12 2 .857 2nd
2003-04 26 4 .867 13 1 .929 1st
2004-05 23 6 .793 12 2 .857 2nd
2005-06 29 2 .935 14 0 1.000 1st
2006-07 31 3 .912 12 2 .857 1st
2007-08 28 4 .875 14 0 1.000 1st
2008-09 22 6 .786 12 2 .857 tie-3rd
2009-10 26 4 .867 15 1 .938 1st
2010-11 25 4 .862 15 1 .938 1st
2011-12 27 2 .931 16 0 1.000 1st
2012-13 34 0 1.000 16 0 1.000 1st
2013-14 30 2 .938 15 1 .938 1st
2014-15 26 3 .897 16 0 1.000 1st
2015-16 22 7 .759 13 3 .813 2nd
2016-17 27 3 .900 15 1 .938 1st
Totals 571 117 .830 308 36 .895