Statement of Philosophy

Participation in interscholastic athletics provides students with positive learning opportunities. Mastering physical skill, exhibiting sportsmanship, developing strategy, collaborating with teammates, creating positive attitudes, working hard, making positive choices, handling winning and loosing graciously, and focusing on athletic and academic success are valuable and obtainable educational outcomes of participation. A positive educational environment provides students with opportunities to grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and ethically. Coaches, as teachers, are role models and enhance the learning climate both in actions and words. The foundational character traits of respect, responsibility, integrity, caring, and honesty shall be modeled at all levels of the athletic program. Parents are considered partners with coaches and student-athletes in the pursuit of appropriate learning and behavioral goals.


CPR/First Aid Courses to be Taught

The following courses will be taught by Save-A-Heart. If you go, please be sure to tell them you are a coach for the Salt Lake City School District, and they will bill us directly.

Date Time


Saturday, November 11 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Salt Lake City Main Library (Lower Level)

210 East 400 South

Monday, November 13 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Wentworth at Willow Creek

8325 S. Highland Drive

Tuesday, November 28 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Salt Lake City Main Library (Lower Level)

210 East 400 South

Saturday, December 9 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Salt Lake City Main Library (Lower Level)

210 East 400 South

Monday, December 11 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Wentworth at Willow Creek

8325 S. Highland Drive

Thursday, December 28 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Salt Lake City Main Library (Lower Level)

210 East 400 South


NCAA Eligibility Course

The National Federation of High Schools is offering an educational course regarding the NCAA Eligibility Center on their website The course is meant to educate high school coaches, administrators and parents regarding initial-eligibility standards.

Shout Out!

Congratulations to the West High Girls Basketball Team - 2017 Region Champions

Congratulations to the East High School Football Team - The 2016 4A State Champions

Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administers Association Names Top Award Winners

In 2011, CeCie Scharman, CAA, was named Athletic Administrator of the Year, in recognition of exemplary service and dedication to the high school athletes of Utah.

In 2011, Kathy Butler was named Athletic Director of the Year, in recognition of exemplary service and dedication to the high school athletes of Utah.

Certified Master Athletic Administrator

The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAA) is pleased to announce that CeCie Scharman, Athletic Supervisor for Salt Lake City School District, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, CeCie has demonstrated exemplary knowledge, contributions and on-going professional development in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidates' educational background, experience, NIAA Leadership courses and professional contributions. It is culminated with a practical written project.

CeCie is one a very elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nation a wide to attain this level of professionalism.

The NIAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state atheletic administrator associations and more than 8,000 individual members. It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

Sportsmanship Matters

The following are letters that were received at Salt Lake City School District Offices:

"Coach Lopati,
I wish to congratulate you, your staff and the fine young men of you team.
I've been coaching many years and the hard play and fine example of sportsmanship you team exhibited last week is one we hope our boys exhibit every game.
It's hard to display good sportsmanship and hard play when things aren't going well.
Despite the scores your boys played their hearts out and in a fine manner.
I had an opportunity to share my thoughts and admiration with your QB #12 after the game.
Whatever you're doing to develop the character of your young men keep it up.
They will succeed not only on the field but in life.

Good luck in Region.


Dan Rodriguez"
Lone Peak Knights Football


I have to tell you about another example of exceptional sportsmanship that recently occurred in the Salt Lake School District. Last Friday, the West High Drill Team performed for the first time during our football halftime. The girls have been working very hard all summer and were a jumble of nerves and excitement throughout the evening. We were thrilled when the performance turned out favorably.

After the performance our team gathered to watch the rest of the game. The cheerleaders from Highland pulled our girls aside and told them how well they did. The cheerleaders asked if they could claim our team as their own since they don’t have one. In addition, some cheerleaders from East High who were at the game for their team night activity also told our girls how well they did.

You couldn’t have found a drill team anywhere in the world with bigger smiles than our girls had after these kind words. Our team faces many struggles. We are desperately trying to learn years of technique in a short period of time in addition to learning our routines. The generosity of these wonderful young ladies will always hold a special place in our hearts. When we tell the story of our first halftime performance of 2011, we will of course include the part about the kindness of the cheerleaders from Highland and East!

I wish I had contact information for their coaches. Sportsmanship is learned by example. Although I don't know their coaches, I do know that they are doing a wonderful job with these young ladies! Please spread the word to them if you can.

Kristie Goddard

West High School"

New Region Alignments for 2017-2018 School Year

5A - Region 6







"Raise the Bar" School Sportsmanship Award

sportsmanship starSince 1927, the UHSAA has led the development of education-based interscholastic athletic and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The UHSAA is committed to stressing educational and cultural values, improving the participation experience in activities, promoting life skills and lessons involved in competitive activities, fostering citizenship and sportsmanship and assisting those who oversee high school sports and activities in our member high schools.

The UHSAA School Sportsmanship Award Program is an essential part of the statewide UHSAA Raise-the-Bar Sportsmanship Program. The UHSAA provided each member school with a School Sportsmanship Banner to hang in their gymnasium to encourage and promote good sportsmanship. Each year we ask our member schools to participate in the School Sportsmanship Banner Award Program and earn a star to place on their Sportsmanship Banner by meeting ten criteria.

Congratulations to these fine Salt Lake City School District Schools!

Year of Award Schools Receiving "Raise the Bar" Award
2017 Highland
2016 East, West
2015 East, Highland, West
2014 East, Highland, West
2013 East, Highland, West
2012 East, Highland, West
2011 East, Highland, West

Salt Lake City School District Sports Programs Score Big with "Exemplary" Rating

NIAAA photoIn December of 2010, the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) honored the athletic programs of West, East and Highland with the first ever Quality Program Award, which assigns recipients one of three levels of recognition: meritorious, distinguished or exemplary.

All three Salt Lake City School District schools achieved exemplary status, the most prestigious.

"There is nobody else in the country that has this award at this point in time," said Bruce Whitehead, director of the Indianapolis-based NIAA, although the program is new and only four schools have applied. The fourth school didn't come close to receiving the award.

East, West and Highland each submitted a roughly 1,000 page application to the NIAA, which judged the schools in 10 categories. They included philosophy, mentoring, sports medicine, technology, safety and risk management, among others. The application itself took a year to complete.


Athletic Directors

The athletic program at each high school is supervised by Athletic Directors.  The Athletic Directors have the responsibility to oversee the program and coaches at the school level.

School Phone Director Email Address
East High School 801.583.1661

Skip Lowe

Highland High School



Jon Jensen

Dan Schwam

West High School 801.578.8500

Kristy Proesch
Ronnie Stubbs

Athletic Trainers

Please contact the Athletic Director at your school to get contact information for the Athletic Trainer.

  • East High School - Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, Inc.
  • Highland High School - TOSH - Mitch McKay
  • West High School - University of Utah Orthopedic Center - Blake Johnson, ATC


All paid coaches have completed all the coaching certification requirements as mandated by the Utah State Office of Education and the Utah High School Activities Association.

All Coaches:

  • Must have an Exercise and Sports Science Major or Minor, or a Coaching Endorsement. If the coach is not a certified teacher, they must complete "Fundamentals of Coaching," through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS Learning Center). Some also have ASEP certification which is the American Sports Education Program.
  • Must maintain current certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must complete "Concussion in Sports-What You Need to Know," through the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS Learning Center). Must recertify yearly.
  • Must turn into payroll both a Federal w-4 Form and a Direct Deposit Form.
  • All coaches must complete "Register my Coach" which can be found at
  • Must complete the "Bullying, Hazing and Innappropriate Behaviors" course which can be found at NFHS Learning Center.


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