Polytech hires former Sussex Tech standout Huk, 22, to replace Richardson as field hockey coach

WOODSIDE — Torrie Huk may be a Sussex Tech High grad.

But the Ravens’ former field hockey and softball standout says she always respected rival Polytech’s teams.

And now she’s excited to call herself a Panther after being officially hired as Polytech’s new head field hockey coach this week.

Torrie Huk

The 22-year-old Huk, who just graduated from UMass Lowell in December, replaces veteran coach Lynn Richardson.

Richardson stepped down at the end of the school year to take a teaching job in the Cape Henlopen School District. She started the Panthers’ field hockey program when the school opened in 1991 and has coached it for 19 of the last 28 seasons.

Under Richardson, Polytech was usually a contender in the Henlopen Conference. The Panthers have reached the DIAA state tournament for nine years in a row, advancing to the state finals in 2014.

“They have a legacy at Polytech,” said Huk. “The ones (players) I did speak with just said it will be a big transition for them because Lynn has always been the face of that program. She really paved the way for them. But they’re hoping to continue on that path that she made for them.”

Huk has been around Richardson when she was younger, playing on teams with her daughter, Katie.

“I’ve known her for quite a bit,” said Huk. “She actually reached out to me (about the opening). It was perfect timing. It all kind of fell into place.”

A year ago, the Panthers went 13-4 and reached the Division I state semifinals with a squad that included only three seniors.

Huk finished her playing career at NCAA Division I UMass Lowell as the seventh-leading goal scorer in program history with 38. The Milford native collected 86 points while starting in 60 of 75 career games.

At Sussex Tech, Huk was a first-team All-Stater, two-time team captain and an honor roll student.

After graduating from college last winter, Huk was an assistant coach for Sussex Tech’s softball team in the spring.

Kristy Vodvarka, Polytech’s head softball coach, will be one of Huk’s assistants in field hockey. It’s possible Huk may end up as a softball assistant with the Panthers, as well.

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