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HUGHES, Ark. (KTHV) - Before Gus Malzahn took ASU to a Sun Belt championship and Auburn to a SEC title, he paid his dues at Hughes High School in Arkansas.He was the Blue Devils head coach from 1992 to 1995, leading them to a 2A state runner-up finish.

Today Hughes honored the National Coach of the Year.The home of the Blue Devils is now Gus Malzahn Field. After coaching at Hughes, Malzahn led Shiloh Christian and Springdale to state titles before making the jump to college.

Malzahn says he was "thrilled and humbled to return to my roots."

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