HIGHLAND — Former Lone Peak High School football coach Mike Mower credited his assistant coaches for helping the Knights become an elite 5A program, so it wasn’t a surprise that Lone Peak didn’t need to look far to find Mower’s replacement.

Monday afternoon, Lone Peak named Bart Brockbank as the new head coach.

“I’m very excited to maintain the tradition that coach (Tony) McGeary and coach (Mike) Mower have established in making Lone Peak one of the top programs in the state,” Brockbank said. “I’m meeting with my coaches this week with the anticipation that most of them will be back.”

Brockbank has been an assistant coach at Lone Peak for the past four years — for the past three seasons, he was the offensive coordinator.

“We will have some holes to fill on our offensive line but we probably had 10-12 guys who got some playing time last year between the wide receiver and running back positions,” Brockbank said. “We’ve had one of best defenses in the state and we have seven or eight returning starters back on defense so we feel good about what we have returning.”

Mower decided to retire from coaching after Lone Peak compiled a 12-2 record last year. The Knights lost in the state 5A championship game for the second straight year.

Brockbank is a Lehi High School graduate. He began his coaching career at his alma mater where he helped lead the team to a state championship in 2000. He said he will maintain his role as offensive coordinator and that should be a good thing, considering Lone Peak’s offense averaged 36.6 points per game for the last two years.

Neil Warner can be reached at nwarner@heraldextra.com.

Neil K. Warner has been a sports writer for 25 years. He is the author of four books and is also known as the Great Zuke. He primarily covers Preps, Utah Valley University and BYU.

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