OTTUMWA — NHL hockey players and the head girls track coach at Davis County.
If this were an answer on "Jeopardy," the question would be "What group of men give up shaving during the months of spring?"
While he’s not in the business of growing a playoff beard, Mustang girls track coach Josh Husted does have the same tradition as the players that are pursuing the Stanley Cup when the months of April and May roll around each year.
“I have a tradition during the track season that I don’t shave,” Husted said. “So I was pretty ratty-looking by the end of this past season.”
That’s because Husted’s team made sure that the track season carried on as long as possible. The Davis County girls had runners, throwers and jumpers all over Drake Stadium last May during the Iowa High School Track and Field state championship meet, keeping the razor out of their coach’s hands until deep into the second full month of the year.
It is because of that success, however, that Husted will have to be clean shaven and dressed up next month when he receives an award from the Iowa High School Track and Field Coaches Association. Husted will be honored as one of the five to be honored as an At Large Class 2A Girls Track Coach of the Year in Ames on Dec. 7.
“I’ll have to clean myself up,” Husted joked “I’ll have to wear a tie and kakis.”
The formal dress attire was just one of the many things Husted himself found out about the award after being contacted about receiving the honor. It’s the first award that Husted has won for his accomplishments as a girls track coach and one that he didn’t even realize he was up for.