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Amy Huchthausen: Once a leader, always a leader

Former Wisconsin-La Crosse softball student-athlete is America East Conference’s first female commissioner

From her birth in South Korea through a Minnesota childhood and on through her college days in Wisconsin and professional life, Amy Huchthausen has always been at the front of the pack when it comes to leadership.  Her latest has her elevating the America East Conference to new heights since becoming the conference’s first woman commission in 2011.

Previously, she worked her magic at the NCAA national office, the Atlantic Coast Conference, Missouri Valley Conference and the Big East Conference. She will be the first to tell you she has benefitted from being around some of the best professionals in college athletics at each stop. 

A graduate of the Wisconsin-La Crosse, Huchthausen was a two-time captain of the softball team, a two-time all-conference recipient, and exhibited early leadership skills on the national level by representing her peers on the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.   

Entering her third year at the helm of America East, she has increased the television exposure for the conference’s nine schools in men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse through a partnership with ESPN.  She has also overseen the launch of America East’s digital network, AmericaEast TV, a complete redesign of their brand platform, and a significant growth in the conference’s online and social media presence.

Huchthausen has been a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council and currently serves on the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Board of Directors.  She is on the NCAA Leadership Council chairing the Council’s Transfer Issues Subcommittee. As if that is not enough, she is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Collegiate Commissioners Association.

She lives in the Boston area and is never far from a sporting event.  Being the great leader that she is, she is always working to improve the lives of NCAA student-athletes in her conference and across the country.