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Jim Hoyt & Doug Snell

Jim Hoyt and Doug Snell are Southern Utah University’s most recent additions to the Coaching Factory Hall of Fame.

Jim graduated in 1979 with a degree in physical education with a secondary teaching certificate. Later that same year, he accepted a position at his alma mater, Valley High School in Orderville, Utah teaching and coaching baseball, boy’s basketball and track & field. Over the years he has taught physical education, German, Utah history, U.S. history, world history, geography and health – all with distinction. He remains one of the most honored teachers at Valley High School.

His coaching career includes 28 years as a baseball and basketball coach, three state basketball crowns, a state baseball title, as well as numerous runner-up and regional trophies. His basketball teams have amassed an impressive record of 404-263 through the years. In 2001, 2002 and 2006 his colleagues named him the 1A Coach of the Year. Jim also had the distinct opportunity of coaching all four of his sons in the high school ranks, retiring in 2007 following the graduation of his youngest.

Doug, a 1982 graduate, was captain of the Thunderbird Football Team, was an All-American nose guard and was named Outstanding Physical Education Student his senior year at SUU. He currently serves in his 15th year as athletic director at Utah’s Spanish Fork High School and has been recognized for his leadership by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the Utah High School Athletic Administrators Association.

His philosophy is simple: help his coaches and athletes succeed. He takes upon himself many of the mundane and tedious tasks that bog-down many coaches. By so doing, Doug makes it possible for his coaches to spend more time with each athlete and which results in strong programs and successful experiences for high school athletes.

In addition to serving as athletic director, Doug serves as an assistant coach in nearly all sports at Spanish Fork and teaches mathematics and physical education.

Several years ago, an SUU Alumnus and Salt Lake City newspaper reporter coined the moniker, “The Coaching Factory” to describe the large number of SUU alumni coaching and achieving success in the high school ranks.

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