Rod Hough Field Dedicated At Graettinger
GRAETTINGER – They might not have been able to keep up with the current Graettinger-Terril players on the gridiron, but they turned out Friday night to honor their former coach and namesake of Rod Hough Field.
The gridiron of Graettinger’s Evergreen Park was officially dedicated as Rod Hough Field, in honor of long-time Graettinger coach and educator Rod Hough.
A brief ceremony was held last Tuesday evening prior to the Knights’ Homecoming Coronation, where former Graettinger coach Pete Hansen spoke of his time coaching in Graettinger with Hough.
“We are here to honor my good friend and coach Rod Hough,” said Hansen. “We are naming the football field after him. He started coaching in 1973 as a junior high coach. Then from 1975-2004 he was the head coach here. For 30 years he was the girls basketball coach. He has worked extremely hard to make the Pirates a football powerhouse. I’m proud to have coached with him and call him my friend.”
On Friday evening, the dedication was completed with the presentation of a plaque to commemorate the event. Several former football players from Hough’s tenure returned to honor their mentor, and to share a few memories.
Luvern Hoffman, a 1976 graduate, presented Hough with the plaque and spoke on behalf of the alumni players, thanking Hough for the life lessons he imparted on his players.
Hough, who taught and coached in Graettinger for 33 years, had his teams amass a record of 196-87, earning Cornbelt Conference Championships on eight occasions and four District Championships. There were three unbeaten seasons, 1977, 1980 and 1981, with perfect 9-0 records in each campaign and Hough’s teams qualified for the Iowa High School Football Playoff series seven times in his tenure.
In two of those Playoff qualifications, the Graettinger Pirates finished as the Runner-ups in 1976 and 1983. A native of Mallard, Hough graduated from Mallard High School in 1969 and attended Northwestern College in Orange City, graduating in 1973. He began his teaching and coaching career at Graettinger in 1973, and never left the district, retiring in 2006.
Along with his many accolades, Hough was named as an Assistant Coach for the 1977 Iowa Shrine All Star Game and has been installed in the Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Even though retired from the classroom, Hough is still active in athletics and education, serving as the Athletic Director for the Graettinger-Terril Community School District, as well as working part time at Energy Panel Structures in Graettinger.