Snow football coach moving on
Resignation catches school, players by surprise
EPHRAIM—Unexpected news came from the Snow College Athletic Department on Tuesday with the resignation of Snow Football Head Coach Britt Maughan.
Maughan announced his resignation to his players in the privacy of one of the conference rooms of the Greenwood Student Center on Monday night. The announcement was preceded by the Badgers’ annual end of year banquet.
“We were all pretty surprised, to be honest,” sophomore team captain Jantz Arbon said. The following morning, the Athletic Department released the official statement.
To many, the decision comes as a complete surprise, but Maughan says he has been contemplating it for a while.
“This decision goes back to the summer,” Maughan said. “I have felt for a long time that this would be my last season at Snow. My goal is to coach at the four-year level. If I am to continue to grow and progress, this was the time to make this decision. I have thoroughly enjoyed my nine seasons here at Snow College. We have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success.”
Maughan is leaving the football program at Snow in excellent shape. He started with the Badgers as a linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2006-08 before his time with Snow briefly ended when Maughan took a job with the University of Utah as a defensive coaching intern and later a graduate assistant.
By 2011, Maughan was back on the team as a defensive coordinator. He was promoted to head coach in 2013 in addition to his coordinator duties, replacing former coach Tyler Hughes.
In Maughan’s time at Snow, he has coached many to players to success. His coaching resume includes 50 All-Conference players, 14 Junior College All-Americans, and a handful of NFL players. Snow, under Maughan, has signed an average of 30 players per season to four-year programs.
2015 was arguably Maughan’s most successful year as a Badger, as the team finished No. 2 in the nation and sent numerous players to four-year programs, including receivers Jonah Trinnaman and Hunter Marshall at BYU, offensive tackle Garret Bolles at Utah, and defensive back Parker Preator and quarterback Stefan Campbell at Weber State.
Maughan was named the Western States Football League (WSFL) Coach of the Year that year.
Maughan’s final record with the Badgers is 31-11, with an average NJCAA ranking in the top 10. Snow’s highest ranking was No. 1 in the third week of the 2016 season.
Maughan’s influence in the football program was felt by coach and player alike, but Arbon calls his former coach a “player’s coach.”
“I feel that the program is going to miss him extremely,” Arbon said. “We as a team were willing to follow him because he was so knowledgeable about everything, from his schemes to his play-calling.”
“We appreciate the many things Coach Maughan has done for our football program over the past few years,” Snow College Athletics Director Rob Nielson said in the press release. “Given his many accomplishments, I’m certain he will be successful wherever he goes. We wish him and his family all the very best.”
Nielson reported that the search for a new coach would begin immediately.