Hutchcroft named Coach of the Year
The Mt. Pleasant girls’ track and field coach, Dave Hutchcroft, was chosen by the Iowa Association of Track and Field Coaches as a 2012 Class 3A Girls Track and Field At-Large "Coach of the Year" — one of five coaches, state-wide, to receive the honor.
It was the seventh time Hutchcroft has been chosen to receive the award, also earning the honor six straight years in the 2003-2008 seasons.
In those years, the Mt. Pleasant girls were state champions three times (2004, 2005 and 2006), and placed second once (2007), third once (2003) and fourth once (2008).
Last season, they finished sixth overall at the state meet, winning two individual events and one relay.
In his 19 years as head coach at Mt. Pleasant, Hutchcroft has coached 15 individual state champions and four state-champion relays.
Another Mt. Pleasant resident, Jeff Gilmore, who coaches girls’ track and field at Columbus, was a Class 2A recipient of the award.