OTTUMWA— Ottumwa Schools is hosting a retirement celebration for OHS softball coach, Frank Huston on Sunday, September 8 from 1-4 p.m. at Huston Field.
Huston graduated from Northern Iowa in 1966 and taught at Gladbrook and Pekin before coming to Ottumwa. A native of Sioux City, he started the Bulldog softball program in 1974. He taught business education for over 30 years, retiring as a full-time teacher in 2002.
Huston’s resume is impressive. It includes 46 seasons at Ottumwa High School, 28 state tournaments as head coach, 15 trips to the state tournament semi-finals, 5 trips to the state championship, and 2 state championships (1976 and 1995). In 1990, he was named the National Softball Coach of the Year and in 1994 he was inducted to the Iowa Softball Coaches Hall of Fame. Huston also earned the IGHSAU Golden Plaque of Distinction Award in 2013 and named to the National High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. This spring, the Ottumwa A-Club honored Huston as the first recipient of the Dan Staggs Award, given in honor of longtime OHS tennis coach, official and instructor.
“The Ottumwa High School Activities Department would like to thank Coach Huston for his many years of dedication to the students of OHS,” said Scott Maas, Activities Director. “Frank is truly a legend in high school athletics and we were blessed to have him coaching our kids for so many years. Frank had a positive impact on thousands of students and athletes through the years, and his teams made Ottumwa very proud. We wish him all the best.”
Cards can be sent to Huston at: c/o OHS Activities Office, 501 E. Second, Ottumwa, IA 52501.