-- Gus Malzahn is going back to where it all started.
Hughes (Ark.) High School will dedicate their currently out-of-commission football stadium after the Auburn football coach during a ceremony scheduled for June 2 at the school, Hughes principal Jeff Spaletta confirmed Monday to AL.com.
The news was first reported by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
, where he served one year as a defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 1992. He led the Blue Devils to their lone state championship appearance before losing 17-13 to Lonoke in the Class AA title game in Little Rock in 1994.
Hughes has not fielded a high school football team since 2011 because of lack of participation and financial concerns, and the off-campus stadium in the small Arkansas Delta town is in dire need of repair.
Hughes recently hired a coach to lead its football program, and the school plans to field a junior high team in the fall. Games will be played at Gus Malzahn Field.
"The community has asked for football," Spaletta said.
Hughes will not restart its high school football program until 2017 or later as it develops the junior high and junior varsity programs, said Spaletta, who coached the district's junior high team in 2006.
Malzahn was 28-17 in four seasons as the Blue Devils' coach, including a 10-4 record in 1994. He left the school in 1996 to take over the football program at Shiloh Christian Schools in Springdale, Ark., where his hurry-up, no-huddle offense was developed.
Hughes will host a luncheon beginning at 12:30 p.m. on June 2, and the field dedication is scheduled for 2 p.m. Malzahn is expected to speak at a banquet later that night.
Malzahn compiled a 144-36-1 record as a high school head coach in Arkansas and won three state championships -- two at Shiloh Christian and one at Springdale High -- before he jumped into the college ranks as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas.
Malzahn was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Hall of Fame in June 2013.
The Hughes School District is under the state microscope after it was placed on the fiscal distress list by the state in 2013. The district has five years to resolve its financial issues before it is potentially taken over by the state or is forced to consolidate with a nearby school district.
The high school football program lost 39 straight games before shutting down after the 2010 season.
"We're not going to spend much of anything from school funds," Spaletta said of the athletic program's restoration. "We've got some of the [Parent Teacher Organization] people and alumni to raise money. Almost all the gear is brand new from 2009 and 2010. It needs to be reconditioned and minor things. Biggest expense is the bleachers."
The school is also planning to spend money on banners for two high school state championships in basketball and letterman jackets for players.Thank you for subscribing. You should receive your first newsletter within 24 hours. To view and subscribe to any of our other newsletters, please .