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Doug Snell

Doug SnellDoug Snell (’83 Physical Education) lives in Spanish Fork, Utah where he is the Athletic Director for Spanish Fork High School.

In 2009, Doug was awarded the prestigious Southwest District Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, an award won by only five athletic directors in the country annually.

After receiving his degree in Physical Education and minor in Mathematics, Doug went on to teach and coach at Kearns High School for two years, followed by two more years at Dixie High. After Dixie, Doug got a position at Spanish Fork High and has been there for the last 22 years.

Doug went on to earn a master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Brigham Young University in 1991 and in 1995 was named Athletic Director for Spanish Fork High. As AD, he has guided his programs to several state and region championships, but says that sometimes the most rewarding feeling is not when a team wins a championship, but when a student athlete simply surpasses expectations. “It’s the daily things that make this job rewarding,” says Doug, “Dealing with kids, coaches and administrators allows me a feeling of accomplishment each day.”

Doug remembers his time at Southern Utah fondly, expressing, “The time I spent down there was some of the best of my life. The closeness of the faculty and students made it a great environment.” Doug credits his mentor at SUU, Dr. Steve Lunt, with helping him get through his education, an education that has allowed him to achieve success. Doug has, in turn, become the mentor to many young people throughout his career. He started Spanish Fork’s Reading and Recess program with his athletes, sending them out to read to elementary school students to teach them about the bond between athletics and academics.

Doug and his wife of 25 years, Dawn, have four children, Blaire, Brooke, Samantha and Gus.

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