High school coaches, administrators and officials gathered at the Sleepy Ridge Country Club in Orem Wednesday to participated in the Utah High School Activities Association’s Distinguished Service Awards. Fifteen individuals were honored for their dedication to high school sports and activities.
The UHSAA Distinguished Service Award was initiated in 1987 to honor individuals for their service and contributions to high school activities. According to the UHSAA, each recipient was chosen because of the standards of excellence they exemplify through their service, professional responsibilities, leadership and sportsmanship.
Among those recognized Wednesday was Ridgeline Athletic Director Jim Crosbie. Crosbie was recognized as the Athletic Director of the year among the 149 member schools. Crosbie was nominated and introduced by Ridgeline High School Principal Bob Henke. Henke detailed the long history he and Crosbie have shared together. Not only are they working together at Ridgeline, but they also worked together for over a decade at Mountain Crest High School.
Henke praised Crosbie for taking an upside down athletics budget plus failing facilities at Mountain Crest and turning them completely around before moving over to Ridgeline to help establish a completely new athletic department and facilities.
The Cache Valley Media Group was also recognized as the Distinguished Media Contributor of the year. Once again, Henke was the nominator and presenter for this award.
The Cache Valley Media Group is currently carrying live play-by-play for five area high schools (Logan on KVNU 610 AM/102.1 FM, Sky View on Lite FM 103.3/1390 KLGN, Mountain Crest on KOOL 103.9, Bear River on 104.9 The Ranch in the Bear River Valley and Ridgeline on 104.5 The Ranch in Cache Valley). In fact, KVNU has been a broadcast partner with Logan High for over 70 years, the longest such broadcast partnership in the state.
In addition to broadcasting football and boys basketball games for years, Henke pointed out that the Cache Valley Media Group has also been providing interviews and updates for other high school sports and activities on KVNU and additional coverage on CacheValleyDaily.com.
The following is the complete list of those who received Distinguished Service awards for 2016:
5A Coach of the Year: James Barnes – Herriman High School
4A Coach of the Year: Robin McClellan – Uintah High School
3A Coach of the Year: Loren Anderson – Grantsville High School
2A Coach of the Year: Bobby Porter – Layton Christian Academy
1A Coach of the Year: Troy Norris – Panguitch High School
Athletic Director of the Year: Jim Crosbie – Ridgeline High School
Female Official of the Year: Lori Mills
Male Official of the Year: Todd Hyer
Music Educator of the Year: Chris Taylor – Park City High School
Music Educator of the Year: Sam Tsugawa – Springville High School
Speech Educator of the Year: Doug Welton – Salem Hills High School
Theatre Educator of the Year: Mike Wagner – Tabiona High School
Distinguished Contributor: Sam Jarman
Distinguished Contributor: Ron Nelson
Distinguished Media Contributor: Cache Valley Media Group
NOTE: CacheValleyDaily.com is a subsidiary of the Cache Valley Media Group.