Mountain View High School coach David C. Houle is the winner of the 1995-96 Dale Rex Memorial Award.
The award, given by the BYU Cougar Club to the person thought to have contributed the most to amateur athletics in the state of Utah, will be presented to Houle Wednesday at the club's annual awards banquet.Since 1979 Houle has experienced remarkable success, coaching boys' and girls' cross country, boys' basketball and boys' and girls' track.
With Houle as head coach the girls' basketball team has claimed four state championships.
Under his direction the boys cross country team has won three state championships and has been ranked among the nation's top 10 prep teams the last five years.
Houle's female harriers have won 12 of the last 13 state titles. The girls' track team has won seven state championships. Three times - 1989, 1990 and 1991 - Houle's cross country teams have been named National Champions by Harrier Magazine.
Houle was the 1994-95 PTA Teacher of the Year and has served as the chairman of Mountain View High School's Special Education Department and as a member of the Alpine School District's Special Education Curriculum Committee.
More than 150 athletes participate on the Mountain View teams Houle supervises each year. Along with winning, many of those young people have learned important lessons about self-discipline, sportsmanship, team spirit, and service. Houle and his athletes not only share tough daily workouts, they also share weekly visits to an American Fork nursing home.
Houle is married to the former Laura Lamoreaux; they have two children: Davey, a junior at Mountain View and Starre, a ninth grader at American Fork Junior High.
The Dale Rex Memorial Award was established in 1947 to honor the memory of BYU All-American basketball star and World War II hero Dale Brough Rex. Sergeant Rex, who received the Distinguished Service Cross for his valor in battle, was killed in action in Germany on Dec. 18, 1944. Previous recipients include Olympic silver medalist Frank Fredericks, Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer, National Football League MVP Steve Young, and NCAA champion gymnast Missy Marlowe.