ROCK SPRINGS – While the Sweetwater County School District No. 1 made several personnel decisions, an introduction of a different kind was made on the Rock Springs High School Facebook page Monday night.
When deciding on a new football coach, the Rock Springs High School had a community forum where they created a list of wants and desires for the next head football coach.
These qualities included football knowledge and experience, Integrity, ability to be a role model, discipline, accountability, successful experience, proven ability to build a football program, goal oriented approach to football, ability to work with others in the community and to sell the football program and communication.
On the RSHS Facebook page it said the successful candidate achieved the highest score on the screening rubric and was invited to interview for the position of head football coach against three other candidates.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. David Hastings as the new head football coach at Rock Springs High School,” the site said.
Highlights from Coach Hastings career at Lehi High School include: All Utah Valley Coach of the Year 2013, broke multiple state and school records for offense, including most rushing yards in a season and most passing yards in a game. At Lehi High School the football team went from a 0-26 streak when he was hired to a 500 season. This team also missed going to the state playoffs by one game.
Statements from school administrators stated “Coach Hastings ended the longest losing streak in our school history, and in the process came only one game away from qualifying for the state playoffs. He was able to change the culture of our football program and to bring back pride to our athletes. Coach did a tremendous job for us and he will bring great football knowledge to your school.”
Highlights from five years at Sugar Salem High School include formation of the “Grid Kid” youth football program, prior to 2006 it had been nine years since Sugar Salem participated in the playoffs. During Coach Hastings tenure, the team qualified three times and he was named Conference coach of the year in 2007.
Resignations and Retirement
There were several resignations and one retirement approved at the school board meeting Monday night
They include Ryan Mackey, Social Studies teacher at Rock Springs High School, Adam Healy, Kindergarten teacher at Desert View, Chelsea Walters, social studies teacher at RSHS, MacKay Olson, social studies teacher at RSHS, Trisha West, resource teacher at Sage and Katherine Piaia, fourth-grade teacher at Desert View,
Ariann McDermott, resource teacher at Desert View has also submitted her letter of retirement. All resignations and the retirement, if approved, will be effective at the end of the school year.
The administration has been busy filling positions and it showed as several new hires were approved Monday.
They included James Mahaffey for the counselor position at Walnut, Yolanda Winters for a teacher position at Desert, Angela Stephens for the social studies position at RSHS, Thomas Jassman for the assistant principal/discipline at RSHS, Marillyn Ivan for a one year only resource instructor at Westridge, Dustin Gochenour for the social studies position at RSHS, Travis Swanson for the social studies position at RSHS, Virginia Wittman for the Title One instructor at Desert View, Eric Urlacher for the district-wide physical education/health instructor, Marissa Steer for the kindergarten position at Westridge, Richard Edwards for the new K/4 elementary school principal, Larissa Apel for the science teacher position at RSHS,Jason Atkins for the science teacher position at RSHS, David Hastings for the physical education/health/strength and conditioning teacher at RSHS and Haylee Miller for the resource/reading position at RSHS.