SANDY — Becky Anderson isn’t retiring as assistant director of the Utah High School Activities Association. But she is resigning.
“This isn’t a retirement,” said Anderson, who announced her departure at the UHSAA’s Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. “This is opening doors for other opportunities and see where life takes me.”
The effusive and energetic advocate for high school student athletes said her six years as part of the UHSAA staff have been among the most rewarding of her 35-year career in education and high school athletics.
“It’s literally been the most extraordinary experience,” she said. She oversaw girls sports and helped create the state's sportsmanship program and awards. She also teamed up with Bart Thompson to create the Unified Sports programs, a cooperative effort between the high schools and Special Olympics.
Mike Petty, the UHSAA’s supervisor of officials, announced his retirement as of July 1, as well. The 65-year-old has been officiating since he was in college and spent 20 years refereeing high school games before moving to junior college and Division 1 for 16 years.
“The greatest times were the tournaments,” he said. “It’s kind of the culmination of our activities. I’ve always had a great love for officiating.”