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Ankeny Softball Field Named for Legendary Coach

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ANKENY, Iowa -- An Ankeny coaching legend was immortalized Monday night.

Ankeny's softball field was renamed in honor of former coach Dick Rasmussen.

Rasmussen coached Ankeny for 34 years, winning 1,100 games and 12 state titles. His name will now grace the field for future Ankeny squads.

Rasmussen says he doesn't deserve the credit for all the state titles, but he'll take it.

"There’s so much more to it than just me, because there are so many people involved in making a program work, that you can’t put all the names up there. But if that’ll bring back some history and let people come in and say ‘yes I was a part of that’ than that's fine.  That's good,” says Rasmussen.

Rasmussen also coached the Ankeny girls’ basketball team to three state titles.