Hughes set to take over Jenks wrestling program
Jenks Public Schools, in conjunction with the Jenks Athletic Department, has announced Dustin Hughes as the new head wrestling coach at Jenks High School.
Hughes, who graduated from Jenks in 2003, takes over for Ray Weis, who retired this past winter after 20 years of guiding the Trojans on the mat.
“I am incredibly humbled and honored to become the head coach at Jenks,” Hughes said. “This is such a special place with a strong tradition of excellence, and I’m thrilled to accept this position. I’m especially grateful to our superintendent, Dr. (Stacey) Butterfield, and to our athletic director, Tony Dillingham, for giving me the opportunity to lead this team. I want to thank Ray Weis for being my coach, colleague and friend. He set a great example for me, and I know all of the things I learned from him will serve me well in this new role.”
Hughes graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2008 and received his master’s degree in Sports Administration in Secondary Education from East Central University in 2009. He has worked the last seven years as a physical education teacher at the Jenks Freshman Academy.
In addition to his teaching duties, Hughes has served as an assistant coach for the Jenks wrestling, baseball, and softball programs. Prior to arriving at Jenks, the 35-year old Hughes was a teacher and assistant coach in Claremore and Bixby.
“We are excited to bring Coach Hughes into this position, and we know he will provide exceptional leadership and guidance to our student-athletes,” Dillingham said. “Coach Hughes is a product of this program. He understands the culture, as well as the expectations. We know the future is extremely bright for the Jenks wrestling program.
During his time as a Trojan wrestler, Hughes recorded 100 career wins. The four-year letter winner was a state runner-up, a two-time regional champion, and a three-time state qualifier.
Hughes was also a part of a football state championship and a baseball state championship in his tenure as a Trojan athlete.