SALEM — For the second time in his career, Monte Morgan will help get a new football program off the ground.

Officials at the new Salem Hills High announced Wednesday that Morgan, who coached for 11 seasons at Lone Peak before stepping down last month, has been hired as the Skyhawks first head football coach.

"I think he's going to bring some big-time experience to our program and some big-time respect," Salem Hills athletic director Steve Downey said. "I've always liked what he's done and every coach I talked to about him all said that he'd be a great hire."

At Lone Peak, Morgan won six region championships, took the Knights to the playoffs nine times and finished as the state runner-up twice. Last season was only the second time the Knights have failed to advance to the postseason.

"He was the coach who helped open Lone Peak, so we know that he's a guy that can help get things done right here and off the ground as well," Downey said.

Salem officials say that Morgan will likely add a new twist to his coaching arsenal as they've also asked him to help coach another sport at the new school in addition to football.

"He's probably going to be one of our main guys," Downey said.

Salem Hills will open this fall and for the first year will compete in Class 3A in Region 8 with Carbon, Emery, Delta, North Sanpete and Juan Diego.

"I am very excited about the opportunity given me by the administration at Salem Hills High School," Morgan said in a brief statement about his new job.

Other coaches hired at Salem Hills include: Lee Gillie, boys and girls soccer; Scott Haney, baseball; Danielle Ryan, softball; Jimmy DeGraffenried, boys basketball; T.J. Brindley, wrestling; Bart Thompson, cross country and track; Ralph Jamsa, boys tennis; Karl Wood, girls tennis; Koriane Maughn, drill; and Kalee Crandall, cheer.

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