The Mount View High School baseball team will have a familiar face in the dugout this spring as Dale Hustus has been appointed the Mustangs' new varsity coach.

Hustus replaces Tom Ballard, who led the Mustangs two seasons and to an 8-24 record.

The 45-year-old Hustus, a 1990 Mount View High School graduate, resides in Brooks with his wife, Louise. His son, Mikey, also graduated from MVHS in 2016 and was a standout three-sport athlete for the Mustangs.

Hustus, who also took over the boys varsity soccer team two games into the regular season this past fall, previously coached the boys jayvee boys and baseball teams, coached one year of American Legion baseball and also is the seventh-grade boys basketball coach at Mount View Junior High.

Hustus said “the varsity [baseball] coaching job at Mount View is really a dream job for me.”

“I have been very involved in the Mount View community for years and as such I know many of the athletes and their families,” said Hustus. “Being part of the community for so long and knowing the kids I am hoping to bring the number kids participating in baseball at Mount View back to levels that give us an opportunity to have a full varsity and junior varsity schedule.”

In the past few seasons numbers have dropped to the point where the school has not been able to book a full schedule of jayvee games.

Hustus also spent years umpiring in Waldo County Little League.

The veteran coach said his hope is to return the Mustang baseball program to the postseason for the first time in more than a decade — and to try and teach lessons away from the diamond as well.

“My plan to get the Mustangs back to the playoffs is to focus on the fundamentals and utilize the talented athletes we have in a way that gives us the best opportunity to be competitive,” Hustus said. “More important than getting to the postseason, though, is ensuring that I am developing great student-athletes who understand the importance of sportsmanship and the deep traditions of the game of baseball. Once I can accomplish that the rest will fall into place.”

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