The Lone Peak Administration has announced the appointment of Jason Turley as the new head baseball coach.
“We believe that we have hired a coach in Jason Turley who will be able to take the talent that resides in the school boundaries and make Lone Peak baseball a perennial power in the State of Utah,” said assistant principal Kenley Brown.
“After talking with many people who have been associated with him, I have no doubt that he can and will accomplish this and represent Lone Peak High School and the Lone Peak community with honor,” Brown continued.
The principal added that one colleague who endorsed Turley’s hire said that he’s not only qualified with coaching and playing experience, but he’s a scholar of the game and believes in discipline, hard work, loyalty, and building character on and off the field.
Turley grew up in Sandy and attended Taylorsville and then Brighton High School, where he graduated in 1993.
An All-State hitter and pitcher for the Bengals, he was drafted by the Houston Astros right after graduation but elected to serve an LDS mission first. Upon his return, he played a few years in the Astros organization before an injury ended his pro career.
He did some personal coaching of high school and college players while with the Astros and has continued that to the present time. He’s also a professional speaker and is self-employed. He and his wife Kristin have one daughter followed by four sons.
Turley’s vision is to build upon the strengths the Lone Peak baseball program already has to create an organization that’s well respected and looked up to throughout the state.
“We want to be known for integrity, sportsmanship, competitive spirit, academics and leadership in the school,” the coach said. “We want this to be a top-notch, first class program where we win and lose the right way, with no entitled kids.
“I believe that Lone Peak baseball can be a dynasty program with the talent in this area,” Turley added. “I plan for most of my assistants to be ex-pros and D-I players who have no other interest than the boys and the program.
“I believe everyone will be excited when they see what we’re trying to do,” he said. “I look forward to becoming part of the tradition at Lone Peak.”
An organizational meeting for the program will be scheduled in the near future.
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