COACHES OF MERIT
Combined High School & College Coaches

2019

David Arslanian

A graduate of Bonneville High School, Dixie State College and Weber State University, Dave Arslanian directed No. 1-ranked offenses at Snow College and Weber State during a football coaching career that took him to various levels of college and professional football.

Dave lettered in football, basketball and track and field at Dixie High and Bonneville, before competing in football and track at Weber State. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Arizona State coach Frank Kush, one of the mentors who influenced him, along with Larry Kentera, Charley Armey, John Ralston, Tony Knap, Sid Gillman and, of course, his father, Sark Arslanian.

Dave helped launch the football program at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College and then became Snow’s head coach, posting a 44-19-2 record and winning three conference championships in five years. After working as Weber State’s offensive coordinator, he became the Wildcats’ head coach for nine seasons and then coached Utah State’s team for two years.

He’s credited among the innovators of the one-back offensive scheme that is used almost universally at all levels of football today. As a coach of quarterbacks, he has worked with nine NFL signees, a Walter Payton Award winner (Jamie Martin) and a Heisman Trophy runner-up (Josh Heupel). Dave also coached in the XFL and the CFL and has worked as a consultant to college programs in the Pac-12, the Mountain West and other conferences.

Having posted a program-record 54 wins at Weber State, Dave received the school’s H. Aldous Dixon Memorial Award for outstanding service to the university and community and in 2015 was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in saving Wildcat football in 1994, when the program was in jeopardy of being eliminated by the administration.

As he told Sports Illustrated, “Every faculty in the country has people who despise sports programs. But my deep, honest belief is that football is an important part of this university.” The grassroots effort succeeded and WSU’s program is thriving, 25 years later.

Beyond football, Dave has immersed himself in service to youth. With his brother, Paul, Dave co-founded the Eagle Ranch Academy, a residential youth development in St. George. He also founded Answers For Parents, a free service to parents to help them with struggling teenagers, and is a consultant to small business owners, coaches, athletes and others.

Dave and his wife, Patricia, live in Ogden.

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HaunRon Haun

A graduate of Murray High School and Weber State University, Ron Haun won two state championships as Murray’s football coach and later made a national impact as the longtime coach of Ricks Junior College in Idaho.  Leading one of the country’s premier junior college programs, Ron posted a 178-40-2 record, including an 11-6 mark in bowl games. The Vikings won 11 league titles in his tenure and were voted national runners-up in 1986, 1992 and 2004. Ricks went unbeaten in two of those seasons and played in 17 consecutive bowl games. Ron produced 30 NJCAA All-Americans and was an eight-time “Coach of the Year” in the Western States Football League. He was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Ricks College Hall of Fame in 2007.

After working at Weber State and then BYU while completing a master’s degree, Ron became a Skyline High School assistant coach in 1967. He moved to his alma mater, Murray, where he won two state championshps and earned “Coach of the Year” awards from media and business groups. He moved to Ricks as an assistant coach under coach Ken Schmidt and took over the head coaching position in 1983, staying through the 2001 season.  At that time, the school now known as BYU-Idaho, dropped intercollegiate athletics. The Vikings’ era of top-tier junior college football ended with a 49-21 victory over Lackawanna College in a bowl game in Pocatello, Idaho. Afterward, as quoted by The Herald Journal of Logan, Ron told the 11,000 fans, “We did our part. We’ve had a special season at Ricks College. You’re great fans, and we’ve had great support…you’re going to miss us.”

Ron worked as Weber State’s offensive coordinator under Ron McBride in 2005 and concluded his career as Dixie State University’s coach in 2006-09, as the school moved into NCAA Division II competition.  “Not many people understand the difficulty of transitioning a junior college program into an NCAA Division II program,” DSU interim athletic director Maureen Eckroth said at the time. “It is an exhaustive process that includes athletic responsibilities, education in NCAA regulations, compliance paperwork and numerous other responsibilities. Coach Haun understood the challenge and did all the groundwork to make the football program competitive.” Ron and his wife, Beverly, are parents of two children and live in St. George.

2017
Jim Blaisdell

2015
Roger Reid
Carla “C. T.” Taylor

2014
Larry Shurtliff

2012
Wes Christensen

2011
Ted Chidester
Gary Gardner
Steve Gardner

2010
Ron Abegglen
Mike Jones
Thomas Perkins
Jean Marie Widdison

2009
Ann Bricker
Greg Croshaw
Lu Wallace

2008
Lori Richards

2007
Nena Rey Hawkes

2006
Ray Englestead

2005
Courtney Leishman
Rod Tueller

2002
Kathryn Berg
Jane Miner

2001
Curtis Jensen
Dutch Belnap

2000
Paul Salvo

1999
Sark Arslanian
Mike Gardner
Duke Reid

1998
Ray Odette
Jeanie Wilson

1997
Ken Schmidt
Richard Williams

1996
Doug Allred
Floyd Millet

1995
Ned Alger
Wally Nalder

1994
Chris Apostol
Don McIntosh

1993
Paul Rose
Blaine Sylvester

1992
Norma Carr
Darwin Woodbury