Dave Hutchcroft will get the Golden Plaque Award at State TrackWritten by John Kuhens on May 15, 2015
Head girls track coach Dave Hutchcroft has been name the 2015 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction award. The IGHSUA’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession. Dave has coached girls track in Iowa for 44 years. He began his career at English Valley for 7 years, spent 6 years at Jefferson High School and has been at Mt. Pleasant for 31 years and has been head varsity coach 23 of those years. 15 conference championships have been won in those 23 years with 11 in a row from 1998 to 2008. His Panther teams have started another streak of winning the last 4 conference titles. Dave has had 8 teams finish in the top 5 at the state meet and his teams won the 3A titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Finished as runners up in 2007 and 2014. Hutchcroft has coached 118 state place winners including 25 state champions. His favorite event the shuttle hurdle relay has placed 15 times at state and has won the event 4 times including the last 3 years. At the Drake relays he has had 40 place winners and 2 champions. Track hasn’t been the only sport for Dave to excel at coaching. He coached basketball for 35 years with 479 career wins and was inducted into the IGCA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. Dave also has coached JV football, cross country and softball during his illustrious career. He has been married to his wife Linda for 43 years and has 2 children. Ryan who lives with his family in Minneapolis and daughter Kelle who lives in Charlotte, N.C. with her family. Dave and Linda are enjoying 5 grandchildren.