Todd Huyber’s ties to the Rochester Mayo boys hockey program run deep.
He played under legendary coach Lorne Grosso in the late 1980s.
Huyber went on to play NCAA Division I college hockey at Providence College before spending a couple of seasons playing pro hockey. He never strayed far from the game, taking an assistant coach job at Division I Army-West Point for three seasons (1996-99) before becoming the head coach of the USHL’s Rochester Mustangs for two seasons (1999-2001).
Four years later, he returned to his roots, joining Grosso’s staff at Mayo as an assistant coach. He’s been with the Spartans’ program until Thursday, when he announced his resignation after four seasons as Mayo’s head coach.
Huyber was just the second head coach in Mayo’s 55-year history. Grosso retired after the 2015-16 season with 707 career wins, a Minnesota high school boys hockey state record.
“Effective immediately, I am tendering my resignation as Mayo’s Boys Head Hockey Coach,” Huyber said. “I’m very proud of my 15 years coaching Mayo boys hockey and the state of the program as I step down. I’d like to thank the current players and parents for their support and wish them luck this upcoming season.”
Mayo finished 10-16-1 last season and was 42-56-4 under Huyber. The Spartans were 4-22-0 in his first season as head coach, 2016-17, but rebounded to go 11-12-1 in 2017-18, followed by seasons of 17-6-2 and 10-16-1.
Huyber’s decision was not related to hockey; he made a job change in May that requires more of his time — especially during the times of day when he would be at hockey practice or boarding a bus for a road game in the winter.
Mayo finished below .500 last season, but improved as the season went on, had a strong second half, and beat rival John Marshall in a Section 1AA first-round playoff game.
“After a couple of months, it is evident that my schedule will not allow me to continue coaching high school hockey,” Huyber said. “I look forward to spending more time with my wife and teenage son who have supported me for the past 15 years.”
Huyber has also been heavily involved with the Rochester Youth Hockey Association over the past decade, serving as its president in 2015-16. In all, Huyber has been a coach at various levels for more than 30 years.
“I would like to thank Mayo Activities Director Jeff Whitney, (Mayo High School athletic secretary) Robin Erickson and the Mayo Hockey alumni for their support over the last 15 years. A huge debt of gratitude to my assistant coaches Ron Moffitt, Matt Alexander and Matt Notermann, who have been great to work with and made being at the rink a lot of fun.”