Oregon State WBB coach Jenny Huth embraces a defensive mindset


After spending three seasons as head coach of the Northern Colorado women's basketball team, Jenny Huth joined Scott Rueck's staff in Corvallis this summer.

“My family and I are thrilled to make the move to Corvallis and back to the Pac-12, the No. 1 conference for women’s basketball,” Huth said via the school's press release. “I’m excited to be a part of Coach Rueck’s program and the tremendous success he has built at Oregon State."

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It'll be on the defensive side of the floor that her expertise will make the largest impact as she described in an interview with Ron Callan on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

"I love [ a defensive mindset]," Huth told Callan. "It's all about understanding how to take away somebody's strengths and getting your team to understand that, buy into it, and then do it.

"When you do that, it's so fun. It's empowering."

Prior to coaching Northern Colorado with a 48-41 record, Huth spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins where her teams utilized a lot of pressure to wreak havoc defensively. 

Now in Corvallis, Hunt anticipates a different defensive approach under Rueck, but the mentality will be the same: Strong defense leads to winning.


"It puts a lot of pressure on offenses to have to do things perfectly and when you do that you're always in games," she said before stating she cannot wait to learn under Rueck as well.

In fact, Hunt forsees the Beavers defense helping the program get back near the top of the Pac-12 standings. 

"Offense is what everybody comes to see but defense is where you win the championship," she concluded.