PLEASANT GROVE — Les Hamilton took the Pleasant Grove High Vikings football team to state playoffs three out of his four seasons as head coach. He is moving on, having accepted an offer as head football coach at Summit Academy in Bluffdale.
"Coach Hamilton has done a lot of good things for the school and for the football players," assistant principal Matt Norman said. "Now, he needs to do what he thinks is best for he and his family, and we wish him well."
Hamilton guided the Vikings to the 5A playoffs in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The Vikings earned an 27-18 record during those four years.
Hamilton, whose coaching record in 13 years is 104-55, replaces Scott Gorringe at Summit Academy, who was the football coach and athletic director since the school began competing at the varsity level in 2013.
Even though Hamilton has never coached at the 2A level, his first two years as head coach were at Grantsville from 2003 to 2004 as he led the program to a 14-11 record and a semifinal appearance.
“Grantsville was two of the best years of my coaching career. We had a great experience out there. I don’t think there’s much difference between coaching classifications,” he said.
He got out of coaching and teaching after the 2010 season to pursue a business opportunity in Chile — where he served an LDS Church mission. But after six months he returned to Utah and was named head coach at Hunter for the 2011 season. The Wolverines finished 3-7 that year.
That was his lone year at Hunter, and he then made the move to Pleasant Grove in 2012.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hamilton gathered his team to share news of his departure.
"After the meeting, the team was OK with Coach Hamilton's announcement, but it will be interesting to see what kind of coach will be hired and what his game plan will be," junior Enoch Fossum said.
The search is on for a new coach at Pleasant Grove.
"We have a tough schedule facing us this fall, and we need to move forward and get our team prepared," PG athletic director Nate Johnston said. "One of the first priority things to do is to find a new coach."
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports on Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret Connect.
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