Longtime Kingwood High School head basketball coach Royce Huseman recently announced his retirement from Humble ISD at the May board of trustees meeting.


“I’ve coached for 32 years and they’ve all been at Kingwood,” he said. “First as the junior varsity coach in 1985 and in ‘91 I was head coach.”
Huseman described his retirement as a retirement from public education. He has already taken a coaching position at Covenant Preparatory, formerly Northeast Christian Academy, in Kingwood.
“They’re building a brand new school and a brand new gym and they wanted to start fresh with a new coach and just kind of get the program going,” Huseman said. “Right now it is a very small school. This year they had just seven seniors in the whole high school.”
Huseman said Covenant Preparatory is trying to get their athletics top-notch and they are building a new facility near Kingwood Park High School.
While at Kingwood, Huseman turned the basketball program from competition into a perennial powerhouse. He led the Mustangs to 12 district titles, eight regional appearances, three regional titles, three state playoff appearances and a UIL state championship in 2005. The Mustangs have struggled to reclaim that glory in recent years following the creation of Kingwood Park High School in 2007.
“When they opened [Kingwood Park] up we were really good,” Huseman said. “Over time it definitely made a difference. Any time you go from picking your team from 3,500 kids down to 2,500, it makes a difference.”
Huseman said Kingwood has been the smallest school in its division for the past eight years.
Both of Huseman’s sons are also high school coaches. His oldest son, Kolby, is currently head coach at Klein Oak High School after coaching at Kingwood Middle School and Kingwood Park for a short time. The youngest, Collin, is the junior varsity coach at Memorial High School. Both of his sons graduated from KHS and played basketball for their father.
Atascocita junior varsity coach Monte Cole will be taking over the Kingwood basketball program.

 

 

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I am proud to be this area’s Tribune Newspaper voice for Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Kingwood Park and Summer Creek High School athletics, a capacity I have served in since the fall of 2011. High school sports are something I have grown to love since I started in this position, watching young kids live out their dreams in competition throughout the area and throughout the state. My greatest thrill in this position was being on Floor Eight at NRG Stadium in December of 2016 when Atascocita High School qualified for the state football semifinals for the first time. Aside from reporting sports, I am a regular parishioner of St. Martha Catholic Church of Kingwood. I am also a two-time graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and am a proud, but realistic, Nebraska Cornhuskers supporter. I do root for Houston’s local sports teams, but the Huskers are my team forever.