VERNAL--Nearly 30 years after his graduation from Uintah High School, Justin DeCol will once again be putting on Uintah Ute red. This time, as Head Coach of the school’s football team.
The announcement came Thursday evening with Bill Sivert, Uintah High School’s Athletic Director saying of DeCol, "He's a great motivator and educator. He's got a proven track record of being successful and he's one of those people kids will look up to and connect with."
DeCol replaces Petersen, who retired as head coach in 2019. Coach DeCol will start teaching health and physical education at Uintah High School at the beginning of the third trimester, as he prepares for the upcoming 2020 football season at Uintah High School.
The last 14 years of DeCol’s life have been spent garnering experience to prepare him for the job that he called "a great opportunity." Most recently he has taught and coached at Union High School in Roosevelt. Before that he worked for various teams across the state including Snow College, Mountain Crest, and Box Elder High Schools.
"I am confident Justin will build a football program that makes our school and our community proud, and I see him being around for quite a while," Sivert said.
His Uintah red runs deep, having been coached as a teenager by Uintah High School legends and predecessors including Curg Belcher, Ed Johnson, John Greene, Craig Monsen, Kevin Dickson, Brent Labrum and Mike Petersen.
"I am humbled to be a football coach and a teacher," said DeCol. "I enjoy creating a culture of success and helping kids learn valuable life lessons that make them better in the classroom, on the field, at home and in our community.