Perry Christensen Honored as Distinguished Coach

Coach Perry Christensen was honored Tuesday night as a Distinguished Coach by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame. Christensen, who won the most games in Logan High football history in his 19 years, including 2 state championships, was one of eight honored at a banquet at the South Towne Exposition Center.Christensen became the head coach of the Grizzlies in 1979, after being an assistant at Logan for two seasons with Mel Galli. Previous to that, he was the first ever coach of Logan’s Freshman football program, beginning a whole team at then Logan Junior High School from scratch.Later Perry Christensen also became the head coach at Sky View High School, and then was an assistant at the other valley school, Mountain Crest, as well. He has returned to Sky View as an English teacher and is helping Coach Craig Anhder’s program now.Christensen thanked his players, coaches, administrators and his family in helping make this Hall of Fame honor possible. In his acceptance comments Tuesday, Perry said that other than being Dad, Husband or now Grandpa, the greatest thing anyone has called him is Coach.Two other honorees Tuesday also have Utah State University ties. Davis High School track and field coach John Flint ran track and was a USU grad, and Snow College long-time coach of all sports Ann Bricker, who received a Coaches of Merit award from the USHFF, also was a Utah State University graduate.The awards are decided upon by a Coaches Hall of Fame Selection committee, chaired by former University of Utah softball coach Norma Carr. Perry Christensen joins 8 other Cache Valley coaches who have been honored by the Utah Sports Hall of Fame since 1974. The others on the list are Conley Watts, Cliff Poole, Hap Holmstead, Joel Gardner, Dutch Belnap, Rod Tueller, Ivan Christensen and Dan Cox.

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