HIGHLAND — When Matt Bezzant accepted the head coaching position for Lone Peak High School’s baseball team, the program desperately needed someone who could bring stability to the school, since the Knights had gone through three coaches in three years.
Bezzant proved to be a great hire because Lone Peak has shown improvement every year. In Bezzant’s first season, the Knights finished fifth. They were fourth in his second year and for the past two years, Lone Peak finished second.
In 2017, the Knights finished with a 24-6 record.
But Bezzant decided that family time was more important than coaching. He stepped down on Wednesday.
“I don’t’ want to regret not spending time when my family,” Bezzant said. “The game has done a lot from me. I finished up playing college ball and then the next year I was coaching.”
Bezzant, who was a 2004 Lone Peak graduate, hasn’t had a break from the game since he started his college career at Taft College. He played there for two years before signing with Southern Utah. After he graduated from Southern Utah in 2008, he accepted the head coaching job at Lehi, where he coached for four years before he moved over to Lone Peak.
Bezzant’s decision hasn’t gone unnoticed by his fellow coaches.
“Since this has come out, Jarod Ingersoll (American Fork), Scott Haney (Salem Hills) and Joey Soto (Bingham) have all reached out to me and said some very nice things and that really meant a lot to me,” he said.
He averaged over 21 wins per season and won 85 games. He also coached the Knights a pair of region championships.
Lone Peak is currently looking for his replacement.
Those interested in the job can email Scott Sumner (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Lone Peak High School. Applications will be accepted through July 14.