KAYSVILLE – Former Davis football coach Ryan Bishop is now the assistant director at the Utah High School Activities Association.
News of Bishop’s hiring was not made available to the Clipper until after press time last week. The UHSAA sent a press release to the Clipper to announce the news.
Bishop coached the Darts for the past 13 seasons and led Davis to a 5A state football title in 2004. Bishop’s record at Davis High School was 88-58-1.
The lone tie in Bishop’s career came in 2011 during the “lights out” game against Brighton, which ended at 0-0.
“Ryan’s energy, enthusiasm, excitement and experience have qualified him for this position,” said executive director Rob Cuff in the press release. “He has prepared himself throughout his career for this opportunity to share his leadership and passion for education-based activities with our students, coaches, officials and administrators. He will fit in well with our staff and we are thrilled to have him join our team.”
Bishop coached for a total of 16 seasons, spending his first three at Bear River High School. He was 22-11 there.
Bishop was the school’s Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students, along with being the school’s coach.
“Davis High School afforded me wonderful opportunities,” said Bishop. “I am so thankful for the people and the relationships I have there.”
He also called working at the UHSAA “a dream opportunity” and is “extremely excited to work with member schools statewide.”
Bishop takes over for Kevin Dustin, who was hired as athletic director at Salt Lake Community College last month. Bishop’s duties will include overseeing football, boys’ basketball, baseball and golf.
Bishop has been a member of the American Football Association as well as the Coaches Association since 1997. He was also the Utah Football Coaches Association President from 2010-2012.
He won a coach of the year award from the National Federation of High Schools Western States in 2011.
Bishop is the third coach or administrator to step down from Davis High School in order to take a new job.
Jay Welk served as athletic director and boys’ basketball coach for the Darts until taking a position at the Davis School District after the school year.
The school’s principal, Dee Burton, also stepped down after the school season. Richard Swanson was named in Burton’s place.
Davis assistant coach Tyler Gladwell will serve as interim coach this season. He has been on Bishop’s staff in the past and was the head coach at Bonneville in 2012.
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