High school sports

Hustus steps down as Mustang pitch, diamond coach

He led Mustang boys soccer to incredible regular-season success past two years
By Staff | Aug 08, 2019

Thorndike — Mount View High School was in search of a new leader on the soccer field and continues to look for one on the baseball diamond as Dale Hustus, who has led those Mustang athletic squads the better part of three seasons, resigned the two posts.

While Hustus, a 1990 MVHS graduate, called taking over as the school’s baseball coach “a dream job for me,” it was his work guiding the boys soccer team three seasons that was especially noteworthy.

"It was a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was a personal decision that I needed to make for me," said Hustus. "I hated to leave the kids but with everything that I had to consider, this was the best decision for me."

Mount View athletic director Tom Lynch said Hustus “is a true gentleman in every sense of the word.”

Hustus replaced Tom Ballard as the school’s boys soccer coach two games into the 2016 season and led the Mustangs to a 4-7-1 record (4-9-1) overall and, the past two falls, guided Mount View to a 27-1 regular-season record and 28-5 overall mark, including berths in two Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship games.

In three years, Hustus led the soccer team to a 32-12 record.

On the baseball diamond, Hustus also replaced Ballard and led the Mustangs to a 9-39 record, as the Thorndike-based team missed the regional playoffs all three seasons.

Hustus said he plans to dedicate his time during the soccer and baseball seasons to officiating.

Jeremy Von Oesen, who also is the school’s boys varsity basketball coach, will guide the Mustang boys soccer team this season.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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