High school football: Provo hires former Lone Peak coach Tony McGeary

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  • mufasta American Fork, UT
    July 11, 2014 11:02 a.m.

    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.

  • Coach652 orem, UT
    March 31, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    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.

  • mab93 Provo, UT
    Nov. 21, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    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 program.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 20, 2013 2:17 p.m.

    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.

  • mab93 Provo, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 8:06 p.m.

    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.

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 4:09 p.m.


    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.

  • Pig Skin Fan Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    Funny/witty screen name
    Orem, UT

    I 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.

  • BU52 Provo, ut
    Nov. 19, 2013 6:58 a.m.

    Look out TV the recruiting wars will have some parity now.

  • Cougar11 Highland, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 8:40 p.m.

    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 successful.

  • Eagle78 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 5:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Pig Skin Fan Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 4:39 p.m.

    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.

  • Osgrath Provo, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 2:58 p.m.

    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.

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 12:10 p.m.

    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.

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    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.

  • homers Provo, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 10:46 a.m.

    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

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    @DEW Cougars

    It 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.

  • Wrong again American Fork, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    To: DEW Cougars
    Lone Peak is in the Alpine School District, while Provo has its own school district.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Funny/witty screen name Orem, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    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!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 9:06 a.m.

    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.

  • Pig Skin Fan Syracuse, UT
    Nov. 18, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Braxton ogden, ut
    Nov. 17, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    Good Job Provo high. Great hire. Looking forward to see what he can do with keeping kids in boundaries at PHS.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 17, 2013 10:46 p.m.

    Great hire for Provo HS!