BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — Math teacher, Jeff Rawlins, was recently awarded the National Federation of State High School Association’s Coach of the Year award 2021-2022 for Girls’ Track and Field.
Rawlins has coached at BEHS for 19 years. He also coached for two years at Logan High School while going to college. He teaches math during school hours.
Rawlins coaches the Girls’ Track and Boys’ cross country teams but expressed, “We coaches work together.”
During the past couple of years, Rawlins teams have taken home an array of awards. The Girls’ track team brought home two region awards in 2021 and 2022, and the Boys’ track won region in 2022. The Girls’ track team brought home the state championship in 2022 to top it all off.
When asked about the team’s success, Rawlins gave credit to the whole coaching staff of the team. “There’s a lot of coaches, assistant coaches helping with all the teams, and it really just represents everyone.”
Rawlins was very humble about receiving the NFHS award. “I think the prestige of it is the fact that when you look at it, it is a recognition of Box Elder High Track and Field. That they are doing great things and that we have a great coaching staff and great athletes.”
Spencer Christensen, a sophomore who runs for BEHS doing long-distance, had some great things to say about Rawlins. “I feel like he really deserves the reward with him being a coach for track and cross country, and he spends a lot of his time with his teams,” said Christensen
Zennock Larson, another member of the track and field teams, tells how Rawlins is there to help the kids. “He motivates us a lot. He plays music on the bus and kinda gets us ready for the race. He gets our minds focused on what we need to be doing.”
The track team has already begun their winter preparations, so they are ready for when the season starts in the spring. “Winter track is for kids to come and be more fit when we hit the track and to prepare so fewer injuries can occur,” Rawlins said.
Christensen also expressed, “Rawlins always tries to make sure that every time we go to meets that everyone is included and no one is left out.”
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