Statement of Philosophy

Participation in interscholastic athletics provides students with positive learning opportunities. Mastering physical skill, exhibiting sportsmanship, developing strategy, collaborating with teammates, creating positive attitudes, working hard, making positive choices, handling winning and loosing graciously, and focusing on athletic and academic success are valuable and obtainable educational outcomes of participation. A positive educational environment provides students with opportunities to grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and ethically. Coaches, as teachers, are role models and enhance the learning climate both in actions and words. The foundational character traits of respect, responsibility, integrity, caring, and honesty shall be modeled at all levels of the athletic program. Parents are considered partners with coaches and student-athletes in the pursuit of appropriate learning and behavioral goals.

CPR/First Aid Courses to be Taught

The following courses will be taught by Save-A-Heart. If you go, please be sure to tell them you are a coach for the Salt Lake City School District, and they will bill us directly.

Date Time Location


NCAA Eligibility Course

The National Federation of High Schools is offering an educational course regarding the NCAA Eligibility Cneter on their website The course is meant to educate high school coaches, administrators and parents regarding initial-eligibility standards.

Shout Out!

Certified Master Athletic Administrator

Press Release
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that CeCie Scharman, Athletic Supervisor for Salt Lake City School District, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.
To earn this distinction, CeCie has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership courses, and professional contributions. It is culminated with a practical written project.
CeCie is one of a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.
The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 8,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.


Sportsmanship Matters

The following are letters that were received at Salt Lake City School District Offices:

"Coach Lopati,
I wish to congratulate you, your staff and the fine young men of you team.
I've been coaching many years and the hard play and fine example of sportsmanship you team exhibited last week is one we hope our boys exhibit every game.
It's hard to display good sportsmanship and hard play when things aren't going well.
Despite the scores your boys played their hearts out and in a fine manner.
I had an opportunity to share my thoughts and admiration with your QB #12 after the game.
Whatever you're doing to develop the character of your young men keep it up.
They will succeed not only on the field but in life.

Good luck in Region.


Dan Rodriguez"
Lone Peak Knights Football


I have to tell you about another example of exceptional sportsmanship that recently occurred in the Salt Lake School District. Last Friday, the West High Drill Team performed for the first time during our football halftime. The girls have been working very hard all summer and were a jumble of nerves and excitement throughout the evening. We were thrilled when the performance turned out favorably.

After the performance our team gathered to watch the rest of the game. The cheerleaders from Highland pulled our girls aside and told them how well they did. The cheerleaders asked if they could claim our team as their own since they don’t have one. In addition, some cheerleaders from East High who were at the game for their team night activity also told our girls how well they did.

You couldn’t have found a drill team anywhere in the world with bigger smiles than our girls had after these kind words. Our team faces many struggles. We are desperately trying to learn years of technique in a short period of time in addition to learning our routines. The generosity of these wonderful young ladies will always hold a special place in our hearts. When we tell the story of our first halftime performance of 2011, we will of course include the part about the kindness of the cheerleaders from Highland and East!

I wish I had contact information for their coaches. Sportsmanship is learned by example. Although I don't know their coaches, I do know that they are doing a wonderful job with these young ladies! Please spread the word to them if you can.

Kristie Goddard

West High School"

Region Allignments

5A - Region 2

4A - Region 5



Granger Bountiful
Hunter Box Elder
Layton East
Syracuse Highland
Viewmont Ogden
West Woods Cross

East, Highland and West Earn the 2014 School Sportsmanship Awardsportsmanship star

Congratulations to East, Highland and West High Schools for earning the 2014 School Sportsmanship Award. They will receive a certificate, a 2014 STAR to place on their School Sportsmanship Banner, UIAAA Director Cup points and recognition through the UHSAA web site and fall newsletter.

The UHSAA School Sportsmanship Award Program is an essential part of the statewide UHSAA Raise-the-Bar Sportsmanship Program. The UHSAA provided each member school with a School Sportsmanship Banner to hang in their gymnasium to encourage and promote good sportsmanship. Each year we ask our member schools to participate in the School Sportsmanship Banner Award Program and earn a star to place on their Sportsmanship Banner by meeting ten criteria.

Salt Lake City School District Sports Programs Score Big with "Exemplary" Rating

In December of 2010, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) honored the athletic programs of West, East and Highland with the first ever Quality Program Award, which assigns recipients one of three levels of recognition: meritorious, distinguished or exemplary.

All three Salt Lake City School District schools achieved exemplary status, the most prestigious.NIAAA photo

"There is nobody else in the country that has this award at this point in time," said Bruce Whitehead, director of the Indianapolis-based NIAA, although the program is new and only four schools have applied. The fourth school didn't come close to receiving the award.

East, West and Highland each submitted a roughly 1,000 page application to the NIAA, which judged the schools in 10 categories. They included philosophy, mentoring, sports medicine, technology, safety and risk management, among others. The application itself took a year to complete.


Athletic Directors

The athletic program at each high school is supervised by Athletic Directors.  The Athletic Directors have the responsibility to oversee the program and coaches at the school level.

School Phone Director Email Address
East High School 801.583.1661

Skip Lowe

Highland High School 801.484.4343 Missy Mackay-Whiteurs
West High School 801.578.8500 Kristy Proesch
Ronnie Stubbs

Athletic Trainers

Please contact the Athletic Director at your school to get contact information for the Athletic Trainer.

  • East High School - Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Inc. - Annelise Funk, ATC
  • Highland High School - Hand & Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialiusts, Inc. - Derek Tedder, ATC
  • West High School - University of Utah Orthopedic Center - Blake Johnson, ATC


All paid coaches have completed all the coaching certification requirements as mandated by the Utah State Office of Education and the Utah High School Activities Association.

Paid Coaches:

  • Must have an Exercise and Sports Science Major or Minor, or a Coaching Endorsement. Some also have ASEP certification which is the American Sports Education Program.
  • Must maintain current certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must complete "Concussion in Sports-What You Need to Know," through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS Learning Center).
  • If the coach is not a certified teacher, they must also complete "Fundamentals of Coaching," through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS Learning Center).
  • Must turn into payroll both a Federal w-4 Form and a Direct Deposit Form

Unpaid Volunteer Coaches:

  • Must pass a background check.
  • Must complete "Concussion in Sports-What You Need to Know," through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS Learning Center).


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