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Kolby was previously at Klein Oak as the head coach of the Panthers before recently taking the job from Kingwood.

It’s a job the Huseman family has been connected to since the early 1980s.

Kolby’s uncle Jack Aldridge coached the Mustangs from 1981 until Royce took over in 1990 and remained until his retirement in 2017. Now Kolby will begin his coaching career at Kingwood at the fall 2022.

“We always thought about that,” Royce said. “When Kolby got into the coaching business in college, we always talked about coming back to Kingwood and picking up the slack.

“My heart has always been with Kingwood, I still have all my blue Kingwood shirts, so I can break them again. It’s a blessing for our whole family.

Kolby (left), Royce (middle) and Colin (right) Huseman celebrate after winning the 2005 state championship.

The first time Kingwood’s position opened up a few years ago, Kolby applied, but it just didn’t work out that time.

Going through the process this time around and getting the job brought Kolby a sense of relief. The next feeling that came over him was pride.

“What excites me the most is being able to work with the kids growing up in the community you’re in,” Kolby said. “You just have a different connection with these kids. When I work in basketball camps or even coach my four-year-old football team, you have a special connection with these kids because you know you’re going to see them progress in life and grow.

Even though his coaching career has taken him to different places in the Houston area over the past few years, during the summer Kolby would always come to help with his dad’s basketball camp.

Coaching is a family business. That’s what the Husemans do.

Royce has done this for over 30 years, now Kolby is on his second stop as head coach at his alma mater, while younger brother Colin was recently on his team at Klein Oak.

But taking over a program his father made nationally known in the mid-2000s and coaching a court that made his name, Kolby said it came with no pressure, but approached rather working with what Royce had taught him over the years. .

“I look up to my dad and I’ve learned a lot from him every time he coaches,” he said. “I feel like I’m always gaining a ton of knowledge. I never tried to be him; I wish I could emulate some of his accomplishments, but I don’t feel any pressure to do anything exactly like him.

“But to train the kids as hard as he did and to make sure that I train every child to the best of my abilities and to make sure that I give a lot of energy and time to the youngest in the community .”

With Kolby taking over the Kingwood program, Royce admitted you might occasionally see him in the gym. At Klein Oak, Kolby asked Royce to coach his fall league team, which high school coaches aren’t allowed to coach, and it could be the same setup now at Kingwood.

“I’m ready to come back and help with whatever I can,” Royce said. “I coached his summer teams at Klein Oak, so I’m ready to start doing the same kind of stuff I did here at Kingwood.”

Kingwood last made the playoffs in the 2019-20 season and narrowly missed out on the playoffs this year finishing fifth at 6-6 in District 21-6A play.

Getting the Mustangs back into the playoff bracket is obviously on the list of goals, but Kolby has a few before that that will ultimately help Kingwood get back on top.

“My first goal is to figure out what we’re doing really well and make sure we continue to build on that,” he said. “My first goal is above all to make children and parents feel welcome and everyone involved and enthusiastic about the program. What I want most from the program is that the children feel like they have a home and are part of something bigger than themselves.

Sitting in the stands next season watching Kolby coach his alma mater will be special, Royce said for him and the entire Huseman family. There will be nerves watching him coach but also excitement.

Having his whole family in the stands as he coaches Kingwood makes it exactly what it is – a homecoming.

“That’s exactly how I would describe it,” Kolby said. “I would describe it as coming home.”

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