Iowa coach dies beard blue after his team wins regional quarterfinal

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Never say Roosevelt High (Des Moines, Ia.) volleyball coach Mark Steinbach doesn't do anything for his team. He sacrificed all semblance of dignified facial hair just to inspire a regional quarterfinal win.

With Roosevelt heading into a heated match against Ottumwa High (Ottumwa, Ia.) for a spot in the regional semifinals, Steinbach was looking for a way to inspire his players. According to the Des Moines Register, the Roosevelt players had used blue die to put blue streaks in their hair, and someone came up with the idea of adding some to their bald coach's beard.

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Steinbach told them that he would happily oblige if Roosevelt fought past Ottumwa. It was less than five minutes after Steinbach's squad wrapped up a 25-22, 25-16, 25-11 straight sets win that they were dragging the coach back to the locker room to pay up on his bet.

"As soon as they got to the locker room, they were ready," Steinbach told the Register.

It goes without saying that blue dye doesn't go particularly well with a flaming red beard. No matter. Steinbach and his athletes will happily take the eye sore if it can keep inspiring wins. The only question now is what the coach will use next, now that his beard is officially Roughrider property.

"I'm proud to be a Roughrider," the coach told the Register.

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