UNF's Huber, 2 relatives die in plane crash
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tess Huber, the No. 1 player on North Florida’s women’s team, was killed Dec. 8 in a small-plane crash in Jacksonville, Fla. Huber’s father Michael, 60, and younger sister Abigail, 17, also died when their Cessna 310 crashed into a retention pond while
trying to land at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport.
The cause of the crash was under investigation. Huber, 20, had been part of the initial recruiting class for the 2-year-old UNF program and led the Ospreys in scoring this fall, including two top-10 finishes. A Dec. 9 fundraising event for UNF’s women’s program was expected to be held as scheduled, but as a memorial.
Abigail Huber also was an accomplished golfer, and the sisters had played together at Lincoln Park Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Abigail was a senior. Michael Huber was a dentist in the Port St. Lucie area whom family friend Milena Savich remembers as his daughters’ biggest supporter.
Savich, 23, who played collegiately at Georgia and often practiced at the PGA Learning Center in Port St. Lucie with Tess, remembered her for her infectious smile.
“Tess would follow mearound like a puppy because she was practicing what I was learning,” Savich said. “What
a mature kid. So well spoken, too.”
Joanne Steele, UNF’s women’s coach, told the Florida Times-Union that Huber provided a “special spark to the team.”
“She had this calmness about her, and she had this drive, this inner drive and desire to be the best for herself and best for the team.”
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