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Liz Wiscombe receives Governor’s State of Sport Award

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On Tuesday night, Morgan High School’s long-time volleyball coach Liz Wiscombe was named the Governor’s State of Sport Coach of the Year at a banquet held at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.  She was the only high school coach nominated, along with three college coaches.  Wiscombe beat out University of Utah football and basketball coaches Kyle Whittingham and Larry Krystkowiak as well as Southern Utah University coach Ed Lamb for the selection.
“It is an honor to receive this award and represent all of the great players, assistant coaches and the great community of Morgan.  This award is only possible because of them,” said Wiscombe, who has coached in Morgan for 28 years.  “It takes all the people who have ever played for me, coached with me or cheered for Morgan to make the Morgan volleyball family.  It is a privilege to work with such fine young people and to represent Morgan.  This award is for them—for all of them.
“Thank you for your votes,” Wiscombe continued. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our amazing community.”
Wiscombe has won 18 volleyball state championships.  The 2015 Lady Trojans went 32-0 last season en route to their state championship. They also defeated Utah and Idaho 5A state champions during the regular season as well. Morgan finished No. 1 in Utah and was ranked 10th in the nation by Max Preps.  They were also voted the National Small School Team of the Year by Max Preps.
Wiscombe has coached at Morgan High since the fall of 1987.  She began her coaching career at Delta High School.
During the fifth annual event hosted by the Utah Sports Commission, the state’s sports industry was celebrated to honor excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports in 2015.  Sports media and industry leaders throughout the state selected the nominees and fans voted for the winners.  The nine categories brought in 127,000 online votes.
“The lessons learned from sports stay with us and benefit us throughout our lives,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “It is a great to honor the top athletes, teams and coaches in our state and I salute each nominee for their contributions to sports in Utah.”
The Utah Sports Commission was organized in 1999 by the State of Utah to be a catalyst in creating a sports legacy after the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.  The organization focuses on sport development to grow Utah’s economy, while leveraging the state’s world-class sports assets to enhance Utah’s position in the global sports marketplace.

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