Distinguished Service Honorees

 

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Becky AndersonBecky Anderson

A graduate of Skyline High School and the University of Utah, Becky Anderson excelled as a three-sport coach at Murray High School and  became a mainstay of the Utah High School Activities Association as the first female assistant director.  Becky grew up with six brothers and loved sports, leading her to play softball for Utah and make a career of coaching. In turn, she chose to give back by becoming an activities administrator. As she said upon being hired in 2008, “Sports have dramatically changed since my competitive days as a female athlete; the shorts have gotten longer, the basketball  has gotten smaller, the softball glows in the dark and the net is an effective weapon in volleyball. However, one constant is the indispensable role the Utah High School Activities Association plays in governing inter-school activities to the benefit of thousands of Utah student athletes. I am thrilled at the opportunity to assist in that mission.”

As a coach, Becky will be remembered for Murray’s state softball championship in 1990, the first season when the sport was sanctioned by the UHSAA, earning an inaugural “Coach of the Year” award. She coached volleyball, basketball and softball at Murray, while working as a counselor.

Becky joined the UHSAA in 2008 and made a considerable impact for six years. When she retired in 2014, UHSAA Executive Director Rob Cuff said, “On many occasions, she has taken difficult assignments and made them  successful with her enthusiasm and electric energy. Becky’s passion for high school activities will be missed not only by our staff, but across the state.” He also admired Becky’s ability to “keep calm in stressful situations and always directed recognition to students.”

Becky was instrumental in elevating girls high school sports in Utah, particularly in volleyball, softball and drill team. She also was at the forefront in the “Raise the Bar” program and established the annual “Dare2Lead Student Leadership Conference.” Working with Bart Thompson, Becky helped establish the Unified Sports programs in soccer and track and field, a cooperative effort between the UHSAA and Special Olympics Utah.

Becky has received many awards along the way, notably earning one of the 2018 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHS) Citations, considered among the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and the performing arts. In retirement, Becky is a valued member of the USHOFF’s Board of Directors and lives in Salt Lake City.

HochDave Hoch

A native of Idaho and a graduate of Weber State University, Dave Hoch became a successful baseball coach at three northern Utah high  schools and administered a strong program as Northridge’s longtime athletic director. Dave also is known for his community service, having directed the Japanese American Citizen League Basket-ball Tournament for 20 years, worked as volunteer softball coach in the Weber School District and coached competitive youth teams for 10 years.  During his tenure as Northridge’s athletic director, the Knights won six state championships and 38 region titles in various sports.

Dave’s hallmark is a personality that drives him to serve selflessly, not seeking fanfare or awards. One colleague wrote, “His dedication to his students, athletes and school community are second to none. He exemplifies what the Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation stands for: service to others.”

Dave became one of Northridge’s original faculty members when the school opened in Layton in 1992. He was the baseball coach for nine years, while also assisting in football, and added the athletic director’s duties in 1997.  While he is being honored for his service and not necessarily his athletic achievements, Dave deserves credit for being an outstanding baseball player in his own right. As a youngster, he once broke a Babe Ruth World Series record for chances and assists in an inning and a game. He was an all-conference selection for both Gonzaga and Weber State and was signed by the Seattle Mariners, playing for Salem in the Northwest League in 1978. Dave later became a mainstay of the Smithfield Blue Sox, a semi-pro team that was a major part of the summer culture of Cache Valley in the early 1980s.

As the baseball coach of Bonneville, Clearfield and Northridge, he was known for fielding fundamentally sound teams that “did more with less,” according to one observer. He then focused on coaching his daughters’ teams in softball and produced several college athletes, including two of his daughters. Tracee played at SLCC and BYU and is now coaching at Snow Canyon High. Haylee played at Utah and SUU and later became Roy High School’s softball coach. In a Standard-Examiner story about Northridge’s softball coach, Dave displayed his insight into the coaching profession. Jasey Fatongia, he said, “has been around softball players her whole life and she knows what it takes to be a good player both mentally and physically, and a lot of times, emotionally. She can understand how all the girls are feeling … [and] say the right thing to the right people at the right time.” Dave and his wife, Janice, are parents of three children and live in Roy.

2017
Jerry Bovee

2016
Gary Stevens
Tom Welch
Deb Willardson

2015
Craig Hansen
Bruce Woodbury

2014
Paul James
Bill Marcroft
Kathy Taylor

2013
Ward Armstrong
Paul C. Smith

2012
Jack Bishop
Earlene Durrant
Jay Fullmer
Larry Harrison

2011
George Curtis
Paul Dart
Garth Fisher
Lamar Hirschi

2010
Dale Gardner
Mae Miya
Jay Monsen
Larry Palmer
Frank Tremea

2009
Mike Dmitrich
Hal Hardcastle
Steve Heiner
Al Lewis

2008
Randy Hollis
Dale Mildenberger
Don Norton
Joe Watts

2007

Bill Bean
Jimmy Brown
Stella Welsh
Dave Wilkey
Rich Wilson

2006

“Mr. Mac” Christensen
Lee Dickemore
Tony Stilinovich

2005

A. Lex Baer
Harry Burchell
Robert L. Rice
Vaughn Soffe

2004

Bill Anderson
Nolan “Red” Burnett
John Caputo
Gary Totland
Cal Watts

2003

Marvin E. Casteel
Lyn “Swede” Larson
James “Jim” Lundberg
Jack B. Parson
Karl Thalman

2002

V. Loraine Cox
Richard V. Hansen
H.L. “Pete” Haun
“Pete” Suazo

2001

Angelo Cerroni
Geneva Hillman Fife
J.D. Harris
Steve Lunt
Kimberly Ann Norman
Douglas A. Muir
John Worley

2000

Robert Chiodo
Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.
Jim D. Laub
David Nordquist

1999

Dr. Robert F. Bitner
Gary Crompton
Pete Harman
Joe Lee

1998

Glen Beree
J. Elliott Cameron
Spencer Eccles

1997

Dr. Marlowe Goble
Don Mayne
Dr. Gerald Sherratt

1996

Fred Ball
Karl Brooks
Carl Hansen

1995

Tee Branca
John Keysor
Ray Schwartz

1994

Ned Alger
Ted Jacobsen
Pete Witbeck

1993

Ken Hackmeister
Elaine Michaelis

1992

Greg Marsden*
Paul Ream
Denise Parker

1991

William “Bill” Larson
Del Markham
John Mooney

1990

Pat Miller*
Doug Padilla
Joe Whitesides

1989

Missy Marlowe
Henry Marsh
Merrill Miner
Karl Tucker*

1988

LaVell Edwards*
Frank Gilbert
Harvey Hansen
Jack Kobe
Bruce Osborne

1987

Frank Brickey
Bob Howard
Delmar “Swede” Larson
Harry Louie

  * Denotes Having Coached a National Championship