PLEASANT GROVE — When Les Hamilton accepted an offer to coach high school football at Summit Academy, Pleasant Grove faced the challenge of finding a new head football coach. Upon opening the position, assistant principal Matt Norman said, "It's going to be interesting to see who we find."
After applications were considered, an offer was made Friday and was accepted on Monday by Mark Wootton. Wooton was the head football coach at Mountain Crest High School from 2004 to 2015, compiling a 92-45 win-loss record and becoming the all-time winningest coach at Mountain Crest High School.
In 2005, the Mustangs won the 4A state championship, and they played in the 2010 and 2012 finals, losing both games in double overtime. Wootton led Mountain Crest to six state semifinals and seven region championships.
Wootton also coached at North Sanpete High School, compiling a 74-59 win-loss record, making him also the all-time winningest coach at North Sanpete. The team won six region championships while also appearing in two state semifinals.
Wootton has coached NFL player Junior Ioane and several successful college players, such as Colby Clawson and Austin Jorgensen, BYU; Brett Madsen, University of New Mexico, and many other players at Southern Utah, Utah State University, Snow College and Dixie. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Snow College in spring 1998.
Wootton graduated from Provo High School in 1977 and attended Snow College, where he was active in football and track. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland and Ireland. Upon his return, he played football at Ricks College.
While at Ricks, Wootton met his wife, Melissa (Stolworthy). They have three children and five grandchildren, with number six on the way.
Several parents have said they are happy with this selection, and the players are excited to play for coach Wootton.
Kent Allen lives in Pleasant Grove and reports on Pleasant Grove High School varsity sports for Deseret Connect.