The Lehi High School administration has announced the appointment of Ed Larson as the new head football coach for the Pioneers.
Larson comes to Lehi from Timpanogos High School, where his teams made the playoffs three out of his four years. He has resigned from his post there but will finish out the school year as a teacher before moving to a new teaching assignment at Lehi beginning in the fall.
Larson said he’d enjoyed his experiences at Timpanogos and that the students, players and administrators had been great to work with. He wasn’t really looking to go anywhere until the Lehi job opened up a few weeks ago.
“I felt like this would be a great professional opportunity for me,” Larson said. “Lehi is a 5A school, so they have the numbers to allow me to implement some ideas from my college coaching experiences into my practices.”
Those ideas include skill development for players at specific positions, something that isn’t always possible at smaller schools where available athletes often must play multiple positions.
Larson is also encouraged by the level of participation in the Lehi youth football program. He said it has about 700 participants and is now the largest youth league in the state since Alta’s split with the opening of Corner Canyon.
“I like the idea of building from within,” he said. His years at Springville also gave him a taste of a one-high-school town, something else that attracted him to Lehi.
“In Springville, everything shut down on Friday night as people went to the football game,” the coach said. “That doesn’t happen too many places any more, but I like that atmosphere. The opportunity to run a program in a situation like that was very enticing to me.”
Larson said he told his administrators that he wanted to take a shot at it. “They’ve been great to work for and have been very supportive throughout the process,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to forging a great program that will draw in the student body, faculty members and the residents,” Larson said. “I want to enjoy creating the environment where we’re all on board going the same direction. It will be a great challenge and opportunity.”
Larson brings Lehi many years of experience as a coach and player at both the high school and collegiate levels.
During his playing career as a quarterback, Larson started at San Francisco State University, then won a national championship at San Jose City College in 1986. He finished his college eligibility at the University of New Mexico, where he was a Western Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete award recipient in 1988.
Larson has 15 years of college coaching experience, including 11 as an offensive coordinator. His position coaching assignments have included quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends.
Stops included the University of New Mexico, Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Ricks College, Weber State and Dixie State.
He was also previously a head coach at Provo and Ogden high schools and an offensive coordinator at Springville before spending the past four seasons with Timpanogos.
He has worked with seven All-American quarterbacks, including one national player of the year, and his offenses have set numerous records.
Larson and his wife, the former Jeanne Ronnow, have five children (Tiffany, Cassey, Chase, Zachary and Ty) and live in Cedar Hills.
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