I have known Tony for years. He is a good man and a good coach. His true talent
is getting the most from the athletes. I wish him the best at Provo. I'll
be watching the games.
Lone Peak has a very poor administration. I coached there for a while and had
many problems with the administration interfering with my decisions on students
playing time; simply because a parent complained to the administration about it.
The district in general is guilty of this . I coached through out Alpine School
District for 9 years and have first hand experience with the issue.
I hope it didn't seem like my comment was implying that Coach Mallory was
not a top notch coach. IMO two years isn't always enough time to judge the
success of a coach, especially given the state the Provo program. I am distant
enough from the program that I don't know why he left and until I found out
about it I still had high hopes for him with the Provo program.As
for Coach McGeary, I hope that his local reputation will attract kids to Provo.
Who wouldn't want to have a top coach on a team where there are less
players to compete for his time? Plus you would be much more likely to get
varsity play time on both sides of the ball, increase your stats and stand out
more. I wish him the best and hope the needed time is given to develop the
I think Coach McGeary will do a great job and am excited for the Provo program.
I take issue with the fact that there was "bad" coaching. Coach Mallory
brought in one of the top coaching staffs in the country to coach the players
and the coaches for three days. Coach Mallory himself put in countless hours in
video study and even attended clinics himself. I think the big problem is a
general lack of depth of talent in the program. There are some talented players
but they all have to play both ways and special teams. The varsity program
didn't even have 40 players and several of those were freshmen and
sophomores. The total program 9-12 had less than 70 players. Coach McGeary will
need to get some traction into the baseball and basketball programs and get
additional talent. I think he will have the clout and credibility to make
inroads there and that will lead to a major stride toward football success at
Provo. Add this to his football knowledge and I think Provo will be a
competitive program sooner rather than later.
Great hire. I had high hopes for the last coach. I don't know the full
situation, but too bad things didn't work out. I wish him the best. I hope
this will make the Timpview / Provo rivalry competitive and lead to two 4A
powerhouses coming from Provo. I would love to see the region championship
undecided until the last game.Last I checked, the article had
nothing to do with Mower, just McGeary. The two longest comments are about
Mower. I don't know why the comments didn't get filtered. It was still
a loss for Lone Peak. I'm glad it seems they recovered from it Ok. I hope
Mower has success and I hope the next whining parent doesn't drive him off.
Cougar11:Yes the season was a great success, but I respectfully
disagree that inexperienced assistants cost them games. Understandably, with
young coaches there are going to be a few growing pains but overall I thought
the young coaches up there performed remarkably. If I recall both the O and D
line coaches were young coaches. They faced teams week in and week out that had
bigger/better linemen than them, and they outperformed lines that had much more
seasoned coaches. They had one of the best rushing attacks in Lone Peak
history. Those guys have a bright future. The coach that cost them ball games
was the defensive coordinator who they wisely got rid of mid-season, and he was
a 10 year veteran. They have a great core moving forward, and as they get more
experience and learn they will do a great job.
Funny/witty screen nameOrem, UTI agree with you Lone Peak
Admin dd not backup a great coach, They were overcome by a Parent with a
vengence, because his kid was subpar-mediore at best. But, on the
plus side now he can build player and kids in Provo.
Look out TV the recruiting wars will have some parity now.
I think the players at LP really love coach Mower. Might have been a bit over
his head and he needs a few more qualified assistants, like a special teams
coach and a line coach that can teach technique. But Coach Mower was humble and
genuine; the boys trusted him. Sure the past coach was more experienced and it
may take a few years for coach Mower to get his staff and program where he
consistently wins, but what a tremendous job he did this year amongst all the
chaos. In my book and in the book of many of the boys this year was a great
success. If you get to the turf; you count yourself successful by any measure.
Too many injuries and some inexperience in the assistants cost them a few games.
Even fully loaded this team probably wouldn't have beaten Bingham this
year. So congrats to LP for their year. I think Tony will be a good hire for
Provo. No where to go but up. He wins 4 next year, people will throw a parade.
If the coach can learn the boys come first and reduce the ego trip, he will be
I'd love to see Provo stop being a joke when it comes to football. That
poor school has stood in Timpview's shadow for many years now. I hope to
see some more respectable numbers in the coming years. They have a long way to
go, but the only way they can go is up.
Lone Peaks loss is Provo's gain. Hope the best for both programs. Still
what a Huge hire for Provo to get McGeary. Big props to Provo.
Looks like PHS finally decided it was time to get serious about its football
team. We really cannot blame the athletes for the mediocrity, since that quality
is going to even out over time. The coaching has been very poor. It looks like
things will get better now.
Tigger: I wouldn't say LP going to the semifinals again, and next year
being reloaded with talent is "taking down a program." It really is a
shame though that it happened to him.
Way to go Provo! I'm sure the parents will be supportive and see his
greatness. Dang Alpine parent kind of took down an entire program.
Sounds like a great hire. Provo High has a great tradition with basketball and
their baseball program goes to state every year despite the fact that the
District treats the baseball program with contempt. I hope the football program
returns to respectability. I just wonder what the baseball program could
accomplish with even half the resources the District is pouring into the
football program. 3.1 million bucks for a football stadium and 90 thousand for
baseball. Maybe if the baseball team went 1-19 every year thew would get some
respect from the District
@DEW CougarsIt is not the same district. Lone Peak is Alpine School
District. Provo High School and Timpview are the only two high schools in their
own district in the Provo School District.
To: DEW CougarsLone Peak is in the Alpine School District, while Provo has
its own school district.
Nice pick up but still confused why LP or the district made him to resign.
Didn't know he could be rehired in the same district which I don't
mind and glad he is coaching again.
Great hire. I have known tony all growing up and he is a great man and a
awesome coach. The way Lone Peak treated him is really shameful. He did
nothing wrong but since a high up dad got upset that his son wasn't getting
playing time he took it out on the coach. way to go tony!
As a PHS guy that was there for that 1982 championship I am very happy with this
hire. Nice job by Principal Jeff Schoonover to get Coach McGeary.
Absolutely the Luckiest High School Football team in the State. Might be the
one of the best football mind in the State. Hopefully they get some talent to
help the cause. Great knews for Provo HS.
Good Job Provo high. Great hire. Looking forward to see what he can do with
keeping kids in boundaries at PHS.
Great hire for Provo HS!