The material things draw students. They don't have the coaching staff we do, but they certainly have the material things. Kids like the new uniforms and cool apparel to wear
I see it as a compliment that other schools and coaches come to Mountain View and want to take the great athletes from Mountain View
By Mario Izarraga
Mountain View’s once-great program has struggled recently, going 2-17 in region play during the past three seasons. Could it be that other teams from nearby schools like Orem, Timpanogos and Timpview, or the powerhouse schools who tend to dominate the 4A regions like Alta, Highland, East and Springville, are drawing players away from Mountain View?
In a recent interview with Dr. Taran Chun, Mountain View’s principal, the question was asked, what draws players away from Mountain View and takes them to nearby schools? He had this to say:
“The material things draw students. They don't have the coaching staff we do, but they certainly have the material things. Kids like the new uniforms and cool apparel to wear.”
But is it really just the material things that draw students away from Mountain View? What about Mountain View’s younger programs, such as the eighth and ninth grade teams, that should be sending their players to MV?
“Youth coaches have loyalties to other schools or they might not like Mountain View for whatever reason, so they might encourage their younger kids to go play somewhere else,” Dr. Chun said.
So could the problem be that the youth coaches are feeding Mountain View’s players to different schools? Shouldn't there be restrictions on what these youth coaches say to their younger athletes? Are Utah's high school boundary regulations too easy to find ways around?
Youth programs have a lot of influence on high school programs, but without the support of youth coaches, Mountain View will have to find different ways to use what it has to be great again.
“Mountain View has a bright future,” Dr. Chun said. “It's also a community issue to encourage your kids to come out and play football or be a multi-sport athlete. Those are the athletes that excel and move on to play college sports."
In recent years, Mountain View’s numbers for football have been small. With a roster of only 36 players this past season, it’s simple to see why Mountain View is struggling to compete with bigger schools.
When Jordan Blanchard, an MVHS coach, was asked about what he thinks about other schools coming to recruit from Mountain View, he came with a different approach.
“I see it as a compliment that other schools and coaches come to Mountain View and want to take the great athletes from Mountain View,” he said.
With a new region coming up quickly this fall, many wonder about the future of Mountain View football program, but Mountain View’s varsity head coach, Coach Anderson, already seems ready to get this next season going. Right after the last game of this past season, which was a loss to Orem High School, the new season started the next day in the weight room.
“The off season is a time to put in work in the weight room to start getting ready for next year,” Anderson said. “I have a lot of hope for the next few years. Our younger teams are full of young athletes.”
Those younger teams are full of potential if they are not pushed toward other schools because of their coaches.
In regards to the situation with recruiting in Utah, Tyler Anderson, Mountain View’s head coach and athletic director, said, “Mountain View has a young up-and-coming core.”
With a new region lineup next year where Mountain View will be able to compete at similar levels with other schools such as Salem Hills and Payson and a few others, will they bring the winning tradition back to Mountain View and draw players back? This team growth also requires students who do not play sports, but just look athletic, to come out and play.
There have been a few players who left Mountain View to go to Orem and came back after bad experiences with those other programs not treating players with the respect they deserve, according to Coach Anderson.
Like Dr. Chun says, Anderson is “a player’s coach who puts players first, putting their safety first along with the goals they have with their future. He will be here for a long long time."
Coach Anderson is the type of person to put other people's needs ahead of his own. One of the people who was at Orem first and then came to Mountain View was Coach Anderson. He was at Orem High from 2011-2013, but with a few bad experiences there, he came to Mountain View, where he says he will be for many years to come. He also says he is wanting to bring back the winning tradition of Mountain View and hopefully soon even a state title.
Coach Anderson had many achievements as an athlete. He was an MVP at Orem High in football and track and was the school’s athlete of the year. He was a wide receiver and free safety. He helped lead the team to a 4A championship and was an all-state athlete. In track, he broke the state record with a 10.96 100-meter as a junior, and as a junior he had a wind-aided 21.64 in the 200 meters, which unofficially broke the state record. He placed second in the 100 and 200 meters at state as a senior. There is no doubt Coach Anderson knows the game and has what it takes to coach.
Coach Blanchard had this last comment to say about Coach Anderson and Mountain View football: “Give them a chance to meet Coach Anderson and they will be sold on our football program and the direction it is heading.”
You’ve got to start with scratch, meaning you start what with you have and build from there. With his own closing remarks about how we can get more players out playing football, Dr. Chun said, “We have to actively recruit in our own school first and recruit in our own boundaries.”
Despite other schools drawing players away from Mountain View, Mountain View looks forward to the future of its football program. Coach Anderson is hopeful about his program’s ability to strive and be great again. Mountain View may not have all the fancy equipment, but every player on the team has the same goals to win. Winning is everyone's goal. Mountain View looks bright into the future with high hopes that it will not disappoint.