In June 2003, Huizenga joined the Saint Xavier University Athletics staff as the department's Sports Information Director and in May 2010 was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Information. He oversees all the public relations efforts for Cougar Athletics, including all news releases, website maintenance and media guide design/editing. During his tenure, Huizenga has significantly enhanced the exposure of the University and its Athletics Department and received several awards for his efforts. In September 2014, he became the inaugural winner of the 2013-14 NAIA National Sports Information Director of the Year award. Huizenga was also part of the University Relations team that won a Golden Trumpet Award in May 2010 in the "Video News Releases and Films" category for its work with 2009 Cougar Football. The entry was a compilation of comprehensive Chicago TV News coverage originating from video highlights of SXU Football's historic 2009 campaign. The Golden Trumpet Awards is the premier awards competition for Chicago's public relations and communications professionals.
As chief designer and editor for all four media guides produced by Saint Xavier University Athletics, Huizenga has created a number of nationally recognized publications. In fact, the men's and women's basketball media guide was recognized as "Best in Nation" by the NAIA-SIDA in both 2005 and 2006. In 2012 & 2013, the Cougar Football media guide was also recognized as the "Best in Nation" by NAIA-SIDA in the "Football Brochure" category.
Working in a major media market like Chicago, it can be difficult to get solid coverage for a small college athletics program. However, in December 2009, Saint Xavier University Athletics was featured on the front page of the Chicago Tribune's sports section with a two-page article highlighting the tradition of success the department has built as a whole. In addition, Huizenga has helped SXU get some of its student-athletes featured nationally in Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine. He was also instrumental in helping one of Saint Xavier's former softball players win the 2005 Courageous Female Student-Athlete Giant Steps Award given out by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports (NCAS), a basketball player become a two-time Capital One College Division Academic All-America Team Member of the Year and former football players claim national recognition from The Fred Mitchell Award and the National Football Foundation's (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
A native of Henderson, Ill., Huizenga now resides in Tinley Park with his wife, Jade, and three daughters, Ashlyn, Ivy and Lily. He received his master's degree in Sports Management from Illinois State University in 2003 and graduated with a double major (psychology and sociology/anthropology) from Knox College in 2001.
Huizenga works in the main Athletic Office suites located on the second floor of the Shannon Center on the Chicago campus. His direct office number is 773-298-3110.