As the year draws to a close we remember the good, the bad and the ugly but hopefully mostly the good. With every bad coach there are several good and a few great ones in the state. There are so many great coaches at the prep, college and pro level but we decided to choose four nominees that performed exceptionally well and let the fans vote on our social media. We provide the resumes and YOU cast your votes before the end of the year.
1. Quin Snyder: Utah Jazz Head Coach
Accomplishments: He was one of the three finalists for NBA Coach of the Year last year along with Celtics coach Brad Stevens and former Raptors Coach Dwane Casey. He led a once 19-28 team to 48 wins and the second round of the NBA playoffs. He has improved every year in win totals as head coach except last year where his star center Rudy Gobert missed a third of the season due to injury. He still surpassed his postseason success though as he won the first round in 6 games instead of 7 and stole a game from the Rockets and might have won game five had Donovan Mitchell not received an injury at the end of the game. Quin and his staff have done a tremendous job at developing the talent they do have.
2. Heather Olmstead: BYU women’s volleyball
Accomplishments: She currently boasts the number one women’s volleyball team in the nation as the BYU ladies took down previous top team Stanford. The Lady Cougs just clinched a share of the WCC title. They looked primed to match the success that the men’s program did earlier this year when they went all the way to the Final Four. They are still undefeated at 25-0 with plenty of volleyball left to play.
3. Kyle Whittingham: Utes Football
Accomplishments: Coach Whit has lead the Utes to multiple rankings in the Top 25. After starting the year with some struggles against Washington State and Washington, Whit’s team looked ignited on all sides of the ball as they averaged 164 points in October and were undefeated in said month. Currently they sit at 7-3 and can clinch at least a share of the PAC-12 South Division title with a win at Colorado. They are now ranked #21 in the AP Poll and #19 in the Coaches Poll.
4. James Wilson: USU men’s tennis
Accomplishments: James led Utah State men’s tennis to a second straight Mountain West title. They were ranked one of the top men’s tennis teams throughout the year. They qualified for the NCAA tournament and fought hard against the highly ranked TCU Horned Frogs whom they had upset the year prior. James is building a perennial winner that previously hadn’t seen much postseason success in tennis at all.