UHSAA hires former Davis coach Ryan Bishop as new assistant director

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  • Uncle Sam West Jordan, UT
    July 19, 2014 11:15 a.m.

    It will be interesting to have a Davis School District person on the UHSAA Committee. Davis School District does things the right way, they do not allow 9th grade kids to play for out of boundary schools. You can get a variance to go wherever you want (with a valid reason) but you cannot play sports as a 9th grade "first entry" kid for anyone other than your boundary school.

    Why can't the whole State of Utah adopt this policy? The UHSAA has been fearful of lawsuits over the years for enforcing their own rules. I don't seem to recall any lawsuits in the Davis School District over whiny parents wanting to have their kids play somewhere other than where they should.

    High school sports in Utah have completely lost their meaning. Implementing a new rule like this would be a fantastic way to get things back on track and bring back some much needed balance.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    July 16, 2014 12:46 a.m.

    It's July 15, Davis High has all sorts of time to go on. I'm sure if he's the coach I and everyone else thinks he is, his staff, including Coach Gladwell, are well prepared and will go on just fine.

    As far as straightening out any issues with the UHSAA, a Director can only do so much. It is the Board of Trustees made up of high school principals and others that make the policy decisions. He can certainly advise but in the end, recruiting and other problems plaguing our state in regards to athletics, is in the hands of the administrators on the Board of Trustees. Basically the Executive Director (Rob Cuff) and his assistant directors in which Bishop is one, are there to coordinate the championships, mine data and shuffle paperwork.

  • lefty200 kaysville, UT
    July 15, 2014 11:33 a.m.

    re: The Judge

    It doesn't surprise me to see some bitterness about his leaving, after all, those critizing wouldn't look out for their own families first, they always put others first. Really now Judge,,,, Coach Bishop didn't just decide to quit at the last moment. This job opportunity opened up months ago, and coach Bishop applied for it . He couldn't help it because the UHSAA were dragging their feet in filling the job. When he applied, he notified all the proper personel about his intentions , the coaching staff was prepared to move on if he got the job, it wasn't a last minute deal. You're just peaved because he didn't call you personally and get your permission. He had the best intentions and interest for all concerned, (except for you personally) Coach Bishop has done a tremendous service at Davis High, kept the traditions going, and in my opinion leaves holding his head high. It's too bad that your eyes are closed and can't appreciate what he's done for so many hundred of kids. Super Nice Job Coach... Keep up the good work at your new assignment.

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    July 15, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    re the judge

    Really? Why can't you just be happy for your former coach. Coach Bishop did a great job at Davis. He was great for the kids and he produced! He was a solid role model and won many more games than he lost, including a State Championship!

    Congrats to Coach Bishop and his family. This is a great opportunity and as we all know when opportunity knocks, that's when you answer the door!

  • The Judge Kaysville, UT
    July 15, 2014 7:34 a.m.

    What Bishop did to his players is flat-out wrong. To quit just before the start of the season isn't fair to the kids. The state should've appointed an interim guy to run things till the end of next school year, then hired someone. Instead it put Bishop and his players in a bad situation.

    I'm reminded of the story of Morgan Wootten, who coached DeMatha High in Maryland. He told his players, who included guys like Adrian Dantley and Danny Ferry, that money and prestige didn't make you happy. And when teams like NC State, Duke, Virginia, Georgetown and Duke came calling with their million dollar salaries, he turned them down. He practiced what he preached. Now he's one of three high school basketball coaches in the hall of fame.

    There's a lesson there for Coach Bishop. Too bad he didn't learn it.

  • CMO Beaver Beaver, UT
    July 15, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Pac 12 fever..

    good old Juan Diego dominating all of 3A in everything.. well I think they won in tennis and debate.. that is domination.

    if we are talking football domination you need look no further than the public high schools... Bingham, Timpview...maybe there should be a 6A football division for the high schools that act like they are part of the BCS

    I do agree on the shot clock deal though

  • Pac 12 Fever Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2014 7:18 p.m.


    Have you been on another planet? Realignment issues, caving football tournaments, horrible rulings that don't make sense, firing coaches with no justification, penalizing teams for rules on fundraising when no clear rules were written or followed, open enrollment statewide yes but letting Juan Diego/prIvate schools have open boundaries and advantages dominates 3A, 3A region in St George is dumb, no shot clock in HS BBall, now bagging classification and realigning by power of program, I could go on for hours.

  • DHP Farmington, UT
    July 14, 2014 4:17 p.m.

    Coach Bishop is a class act, runs a fantastic program. He will do a great job for the UHSAA, and will be missed at the school, and on the sidelines.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 14, 2014 3:26 p.m.


    I'm not arguing with you, just wondering what "arbitrary and superfluous garbage" you are referring to?

  • adwight AMERICAN FORK, UT
    July 14, 2014 2:36 p.m.

    Finally!!! This will be great for football in the state because now someone who understands the process is at the helm. Hopefully some of the arbitrary and superfluous garbage can stop and common sense can be brought back in at the administrative level To football and the other sports he is affiliated with.