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TOP TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIALPEOPLE IN UTAH SPORTS, NO. 2 - NO. 25 » CONTINUED FROM PAGE C1 INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN UTAH SPORTS, NO. 2 • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Cl
No. 2 Kevin O'Connor No. 2 Kevin O’Connor
Jazz executive VP Jazz executive VP Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 3 O'Connor relinquished O’Connor relinquished his general manager's title his general manager’s title this month when Dennis this month when Dennis Lindsey moved from San Lindsey moved from San to take that posiAntonio to take that position, O'Connor only tion, yet O’Connor has only gained power in the Jazz or- Kevin gained power in the Jazz or- Kevin ganization ganization over the past 18 O'Connor» past 18 O’Connor • months. In his new job de- Former GM. months. In his new job de- Former GM. scription, he'll scription, he’ll have the ﬁthe final say about functioning nal say about personnel matters, functioning the way the way the late Larry H. Miller and former coach Jerry coach Jerry Sloan exercised their influence. inﬂuence. O'Connor faces some key decisions about his O’Connor faces some key decisions about his roster 10 months. roster in the next 10 months.
No. 3 Bronco Mendenhall No. 3 Bronco Mendenhall
BYU football BYU football coach Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 10 Mendenhall's inMendenhall’s rise in inmuch fluence, much like Kyle Whittingham's, to Whittingham’s, is due to the of interthe growing level of interest in est in college football in His management Utah. His management of the program as an inthe BYU program as an in- Bronco dependent is a subject of Mendenhall » dependent is a subject of Mendenhall • some also DC. some curiosity nationally. IsIs alsoDC. nationally. The Cougars must succeed The Cougars must succeed to attract attention to attract attention and justify their ESPN justify contract, while maintaining the identity that contract, while maintaining the identity that Mendenhall espouses as part of the churchMendenhall espouses as part of the churchowned school's owned school’s mission. He also functions as BYU's defensive coordinator. BYU’s defensive coordinator.
No. 4 Tom No. 4 Tom Holmoe
BYU athletic director BYU athletic director Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 4 is responsible Holmoe is responsible BYU's football for BYU’s football scheduling, which makes him as vital as Mendenhall in carryout the program's plan ing out the program’s plan of of independence. The Cougars' gars’ 2013 schedule, featur- Tom Tom ing Texas and Wisconsin, Holmoe • Wisconsin, Holmoe » represents a risk/reward Scheduled represents a risk/reward Scheduled approach in BYU’s quest Texas, UW. approach in BYU's quest Texas, UW. relevance without for relevance without competing for a conference championship. And after after the first year of WCC membership for ﬁrst WCC membership BYU's basketball program and other sports, BYU’s basketball program and other sports, the move appears successful.
5 Dave Checketts No. 5 Dave Checketts
Real Salt Lake owner Real Salt Lake owner ranking • Previous ranking » No. 5 Salt has not Real Salt Lake has not trophy won a trophy since claiming the 2OO9 MLS Cup, but ing the 2009 MLS Cup, but the franchise continues to solidify itself in this marsolidify itself in this marTinto Stadium ket and Rio Tinto Stadium keeps hosting niche events. Dave Dave deep into Checketts was deep into the Checketts » Checketts • process of selling the NHL's Overhauled the NHL’s Overhauled Louis Blues during the Blues, St. Louis Blues during the the Blues. past season, but his overof an haul of the organization made an impact in Blues posted the league. The Blues posted the second-best the Western record in the Western Conference and won playoff series. a playoff series.
No. 6 Chris Hill No. 6 Chris Hill
Utah athletic director Utah athletic director Previous ranking » Previous ranking • No. 7 Hill's role in schedulHill’s role in scheduling a ing a home-and-home football series with Michigan ball series with Michigan and, in the process, creatand, in the process, creating a reason to interrupt ing a reason to interrupt the Utah-BYU rivalry the Utah-BYU rivalry for two him one Hill » two years, bumps him one Chris Hill • spot spot in 2012. He would have Scheduled would have Scheduled moved up more if not for Michigan, moved up more if not for Michigan. the historic depths of the the historic depths of the Ute men's Ute men’s basketball program, coming off a 6-25 season. A potential recovery in that a 6-25 season. A potential recovery in that sport, combined $150 sport, combined with a $150 million capital campaign for athletics, will further shape campaign for athletics, will further shape Hill's legacy. Hill’s legacy.
No. 7 Larry No. 7 Larry Scott
Pac-12 commissioner Pac-12 commissioner Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 1 Scott's Scott ’s negotiating a $3 billion television con$3 billion television contract in tract with ESPN and Fox in 2011 was an achievement 2011 was an achievement that's but this that’s tough to top, but this month's month’s launch of the Pac12 Networks helps the 12 Networks helps the Uni- Larry Scott • Larry Scott» versity Utah signiﬁcant- Moves versity of Utah significant- Moves help ly. The Utes will continue to the U. ly. The Utes will continue to the U. from Scott's benefit from Scott’s vision in creating in creating exposure for not only football and men's but also other sports. and men’s basketball, but also other sports. Scott's Scott’s choice to hold the Pac-12 football championship championship game at a campus site makes a potential host. Utah a potential host.
No. 8 Al No. 8 Al Jefferson
Jazz center Jazz center Previous Previous ranking » NR • NR Jefferson is Jefferson is approaching a a position once held by Deron Williams, in terms of affecting the franchise's fecting the franchise’s personnel He's the sonnel decisions. He’s the leading scorer and leading scorer and rebounder for a team that made the Al Jefferson » that made the Al Jefferson • 2011-12. he be playoffs in 2011-12. Beyond Will he be that, his $15 million expir- traded? traded? contract ing contract makes him a symbol of symbol of how the management tandem of O'Connor O’Connor and Dennis Lindsey will approach the 2013 offseason. They can try to get valoffseason. They can try in return ue in return by trading him, or use his salary cap space.
No. 9 Gail Miller and Greg Miller No. 9 Gail Miller and Greg Miller
Jazz owners Jazz owners » 9113 Previous ranking • Nos. 9/13 Jazz's mother-son The Jazz’s mother-son ownership duo is collectively referred to as "the ly referred to as “the Miller family" by family” by Jazz players and staff members, giving Gail was remarried this (who was remarried this summer) and Greg some- Greg Miller • summer) and Greg some- Greg Miller» thing of a shared identity. Squared off shared identity. Squared off Greg created a stir Janu- vs. Mailman, Greg created a stir in Janu- vs. Mailman. in a ary by engaging in a battle of of words with former Jazz star Karl Malone, which they apparently settled. The hiring of Dennis Lindsey as a front-office addition is front-ofﬁce addition evidence of the owners' viewed as evidence of the owners’ commitment to the team.
No. 10 Scott Barnes No. 10 Scott Barnes
Utah State athletic director Utah State athletic director Previous ranking • Previous ranking » NR Utah State's Utah State’s football program gram has an entirely different largely due to ent outlook, largely due to coach Gary Andersen's coach Gary Andersen’s work and president Stan and president Stan Albrecht's is the cht’s support. Barnes is the point however, deserv- Scott Barnes point man, however, deserv- Scott Barnes ing ing credit for building an » • Guided Ags for building an Guided athletic athletic program worthy of to MWC. to MWC. Mountain Mountain West Conference membership. That membership. That invitation saved Aggie football, beyond anything Andersen could football, beyond anything Andersen could do. Barnes continues do. Barnes continues to improve USU's facilUSU’s ities, securing funding for ities, securing private funding for a $6.2 million weight room that's under construction. lion weight room that’s under construction.
No. No. 11 Dave Rose
BYU basketball BYU basketball coach Previous ranking • No. Previous ranking » No. 11 Rose responded to the Rose responded to the end BYU's Jimmer end of BY U ’s Ji m mer Fredette Fredette era by earning a sixth consecutive sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. The Tournament berth. The Cougars then staged the Cougars then staged the biggest comeback in tourna- Dave » biggest comeback in tourna- Dave Rose • ment ment history, rallying from Led Cougars from Led Cougars 25 Big Dance. 25 points behind to beat toto BigDance, behind to beat lona a First Four Iona in a First Four game losing to BYU drew an before losing to Marquette. BYU drew an average of fans average of 17,966 fans for home games, further of program's ther evidence of the program’s staying power er in the absence of Jimmer. Rose has a .774 winning percentage.
No. Randy Rigby No. 12 Randy Rigby
Jazz president Jazz president Previous ranking • No. Previous ranking » No. 15 members Media members are exthis list, but in empt from this list, but in his role as president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, Rigby’s shakeup Rigby's shakeup of the sports radio marof the sports radio market made an impact. The Randy an impact. The Randy company bought 1280 The Rigby » company bought 1280 The Rigby • Zone an effort to create Shook up SLC Zone in an effort to create Shook up SLC a "powerhouse" station of radio. a “powerhouse” station of radio, airwaves reach. talent and airwaves reach. Several big names switched Several big names switched stations as a result. Rigby also facilitated the Jazz's hiring sult. Rigby also facilitated the Jazz’s hiring of Lindsey of Dennis Lindsey as general manger, creatanother ing another executive layer.
Jeff Robbins No. 13 Jeff Robbins
Utah Sports Commission CEO Previous ranking » No. 14 • No. The Utah Sports Coma hit the mission took a hit when the Dew Tour not Dew Tour chose not to return to its highly successful stops in the state. Yet Robthe state. Yet bins and his staff continue Jeff bins and his staff continue Jeff to find other opportunities, Robbins » ﬁnd other opportunities, Robbins • such as a partnership with Developing partnership with Developing the U.S. Ski and Snowboard new events. Ski and Snowboard new events. Association in developing winter events. The commission also brought the U.S. women’s soccer team to Sandy for women's team to Sandy and its final pre-Olympic game and again staged ﬁnal Utah's PGA Tour-brand Utah’s only PGA Tour-brand event.
No. 14 Tyrone Corbin No. 14 Tyrone Corbin
Jazz coach Jazz coach Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 19 Corbin seemed to setCorbin seemed to settle into his job during the tle into his job during the lockout-shortened, 2011-12 lockout-shortened, 2011-12 season season and is looking forward of a ward to his first cycle of a full training camp and 82full training camp and 82game schedule 2012-13. Tyrone game schedule in 2012-13. Tyrone His team overachieved by Corbin » His team overachieved by Corbin • making making the playoffs with His team with His a 36-30 record, although overachieved. a 36-30 record, although overachieved. complaints from unhappy complaints from unhappy players about Corbin's lack of communicaplayers about Corbin’s lack of communication with them somewhat tarnished tion with them somewhat tarnished his performance. He will be closely judged this formance. He will be closely judged this season, with a contract extension at stake. son, with a contract extension at stake.
No. Jason Kreis No. 15 Jason Kreis
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake coach Previous ranking • No. Previous ranking » No. 12 Real Salt Lake's Real Salt Lake’s inconsistency tency has not reflected well reﬂected on Kreis, who steered the on Kreis, who steered the team of team through a series of insuspensions and injuries, suspensions and international call-ups in 2011. ternational call-ups in 2011. RSL held the RSL held the best record in Jason Kreis • record in Jason Kreis » Major Major League Soccer near His RSL team near His RSL the the halfway point of the sea- has faded. point of the season, only to fade. With a son, only to fade. With a roster a run at another ter designed to make a run at another championship, Kreis needs to pionship, Kreis needs to position his team for team the playoffs, although the chances of hosting the playoffs, although the chances of hosting the MLS Cup final appear remote. the MLS Cup ﬁnal appear remote.
No. 16 Bill Marolt No. 16 Bill Marolt
U.S. Ski and Snowboard U.S. Ski and Snowboard CEO Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 18 USSA's 2011-12 The USSA’s 2011-12 season son was headlined by Lindsey Vonn's record fourth sey Vonn’s record fourth Cup title in overall World Cup title in skiing. With the Alpine skiing. With the Center the Marolt» Center of Excellence, the Bill Marolt • USSA has USSA has made Park City 55events comCity events coma a training base for growing ing to Utah, for growing ing to Utah. America's top numbers of America’s top sports Teaming with the winter sports athletes. Teaming with the Utah Sports Commission, the USSA will the five events to Utah in 2012-13 bring ﬁve major events to Utah in 2012-13 and '13-14, and ’13-14, showcasing stars of freestyle skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding. freeskiing and
No. 17 Sarah Hendrickson No. 17 Sarah Hendrickson
Ski jumper Ski jumper ranking • NR Previous ranking » NR Thanks to a Utah-based women's drive to have women’s ski jumping included in the the Olympics, Hendrickson is Hendrickson star positioned to become a star in 2014. in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. Recently featured in Sports Sarah Recently featured in Sports Illustrated, 17-year- Hendrickson Illustrated, the 17-year- Hendrickson student of the Park old student of the Park »•Poised to Poised Winter School won become star. City Winter School won become star, title the overall World Cup title with nine victories in 13 events. Hendricknine victories in the son joined the U.S. Ski Team at age 14. The 95-pound 5-foot-3, 95-pound athlete has skied since she was 2.
No. 18 Bill No. 18 Bill Manning
Real Salt Lake president Real Salt Lake president Previous ranking • Previous ranking » No. 22 Entering Saturday's Entering Saturday ’s game, RSL was averaging game, RSL was averaging a franchise-record 18,680 a franchise-record 18,680 fans (93 percent fans (93 percent of capacity) in 2012. Manning received in 2012. Manning received a new contract through a new contract through June 2015, rewarding him Bill Manning June 2015, rewarding him Bill Manning for RSL's operational turn- • Given new for RSL’s operational turn- » Given new around. around. Initially hired in contract. hired in contract. 2OO8, Manning reversed a 2008, Manning reversed a big deficit with positive cash flow in 2011, big deficit with positive cash flow in 2011, having increased sponsorships $1.6 having increased sponsorships from $1.6 million RSL owner million to $6.3 million. RSL owner Dave Checketts said Manning "pulled everything Checketts said Manning “pulled everything together" the front ofﬁce. together” in the front office.
No. 19 Damian Lillard No. 19 Damian Lillard
Former Weber State guard Former Weber State guard Previous ranking • NR Previous ranking » NR Lillard never could get never Weber Weber State into the NCAA the NCAA Tournament his three Tournament in his three seasons but he seasons in Ogden, but he distinguished the Wildcat distinguished the Wildcat program by becoming the the No. 6 selection No. 6 selection (by Port- Damian Port- Damian land) in the NBA Draft. » land) in the NBA Draft. The Lillard • point guard finished second Picked No. 6. ﬁnished second Picked No. in the country in scoring, in the country in scoring, despite facing defenses geared to stop him. despite facing defenses geared to stop him. Lillard missed most of the 2011-12 season Lillard missed most of the 2011-12 season stronger. with a broken foot, but came back stronger. Coach Randy Rahe Coach Randy Rahe believes Lillard permanently WSU's nently elevated WSU’s program.
No. Rob Cuff No. 20 Rob Cuff
UHSAA executive director UHSAA executive director Previous ranking • No. 23 Previous ranking » No. 23 In that In a job that continually becomes more complex and demanding, Cuff directs the demanding, Cuff directs the Utah High School Activities Association's Association’s governance of more than 85,000 particithan 85,000 participants from some 140 mem- Rob Cuff » pants from some 140 mem- Rob Cuff • ber schools. The UHSAA Promoted in schools. The UHSAA Promoted in closely monitor and 2OO9. tries to closely monitor and 2009. fairly rule fairly on transfer cases, a big part of its duties. which have become a big part of its duties. A former A former high school basketball coach, Cuff Cuff was hired by the association in 2OO1and prothe association in 2001 and moted to his current position in 2OO9. current position in 2009.
No. 21 Trevor Lewis Trevor
Kings forward L.A. Kings forward ranking • NR Previous ranking » NR Lewis' Lewis’ impact is easily He's bringing the gauged: He’s bringing the Stanley Cup to Utah this to Utah this month. A former Brighton High School player, Lewis posted three goals and six three assists in 20 playoff games Trevor assists in 20 playoff games Trevor Lewis the He's only the • Former for the Kings. He’s only the » Former eighth Utah high school Brighton Utah high school Brighton product to win major player. product to win aa major player, championship championship in football, basketball, baseball or hockey. Lewis will display display the Stanley Cup and greet fans Aug. fans 30 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. the Maverik in West Valley
No. 22 Greg & Megan Marsden No. 22 Greg & Megan Marsden
Utah gymnastics co-coaches Utah gymnastics co-coaches Previous ranking • No. 21 Previous ranking » No. 21 The Utes finished The Utes finished fifth in the NCAA Championin the NCAA Championships, remaining the only ships, remaining the only school to qualify for the school to qualify for the Super finals every year Super Six ﬁnals every year since 2000. Utah broke its since 2OOO. Utahbroke its own attendance Megan own national attendance Megan record with 14,352 aver- Marsden » record with a 14,352 aver- Marsden • age and age and successfully host- Utes took Utes ed ed the school's first Pac-12 2nd in Pac-12. school’s ﬁrst Pac-12 2nd in Pac-12. Conference By Conference meet. By finishing a close second UCLA in that eightishing a close second to UCLA in that eightteam competition, the gymnastics program team competition, the gymnastics program claimed by far Utah's best ranking in any claimed by far Utah’s best ranking in any Pac-12 sport in 2012-13. Pac-12 sport in 2012-13.
No. Kaycee Feild No. 23 Kaycee Feild
Bareback rider Bareback rider Previous ranking • NR Previous ranking » NR Feild father, Feild joined his father, Lewis, as a bareback Lewis, as a bareback world champion in the National champion in the National Finals Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in The Payson in December. The Payson resident resident earned $256,236 in rodeos in 2011. He also dis- Kaycee Feild rodeos in 2011. He also dis- Kaycee Feild tinguished himself in May tinguishedhimself in May » •National National with a third annual trip to champion. with a third annual trip to champion, the East the Middle East to visit U.S. troops part troops as part of the Wrangler National Patriot In 2012, he ranks third in baretriot Tour. In 2012, he ranks third in bareback riding in the Professional Rodeo Cowback riding in the Professional Rodeo CowAssociation standings. boys Association standings.
No. 24 Tommy No. 24 Tommy Grady
Utah Blaze quarterback Utah Blaze quarterback Previous ranking • NR Previous ranking » NR Blaze continued to The Blaze continued to play their way back into play their way back into the market’s consciousness market's the reorganized in the reorganized Arena Football League, averaging 8,840 EnergySo8,840 fans at EnergySolutions Arena in 2012 and Tommy in 2012 and Tommy falling just short falling just short of the AFL Grady » AFL Grady • championship game. Grady, League MVP. Grady, League MVP. a former University of Utah a former University of Utah quarterback,was named the league MVP. He quarterback, was MVP. AFL season records with 5,870 broke AFL season records with 5,870 passing yards and 142 touchdowns, including 12 in one game, attracting attention in one game, attracting attention from NFL teams.
No. 25 Mike No. 25 Mike Trout
Los Angeles Angels OF Los Angeles Angels OF Previous ranking • NR Previous ranking » NR stayed He stayed in Salt Lake three City only three weeks after starting the 2012 seater starting the 2012 season with the Bees, but Trout serves a reminder of what a reminder of what it means to have a Triplefranchise in Utah. After Mike Trout • A franchise in Utah. After Mike Trout» batting .403 in 20 games Big season .403 in 20 games Big season with the Bees, Trout has with Angels, the Bees, Trout has with Angels. around .340 with hovered around .340 with the Angels, producing one of the best rookproducing one of the ie seasons in baseball history. He remains ie seasons in baseball history. He remains an American League MVP candidate, while in the helping to keep the Angels in the wild-card race.
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