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KHS Principal Jackson leaving for UHSAA job
The Utah High School Activities Association announced Brenan Jackson, Jan Whittaker and Jonathan Oglesby as assistant directors.
“All three of the new assistant directors have been affiliated with exceptional schools and programs, and have been trained by, and worked alongside, some of the best in their profession,” UHSAA Executive Director Rob Cuff said. “The objective of the hiring committee was to blend and balance the strengths and skill sets of three quality candidates. The administrative and leadership experience of Jackson, the strength of Whittaker’s organization and management skills, and the technology, media and marketing knowledge which Oglesby possesses will be tremendous assets for the member schools, students, and student-athletes of the association.”
Jackson is currently the principal of Kanab High School, a position he has held since 2013. Previously, Jackson served as South Sanpete School District’s Assistant Superintendent for eight years, and was principal of Manti High School for five years. While working as principal at Manti, Jackson was a member of the UHSAA Executive Committee assisting in administering the policies of the Board of Trustees. He led his football team to the 1999 state championship, and was also the head wrestling coach for the Templars. Jackson will oversee football, music, tennis, wrestling and coaches’ education with the UHSAA.
Whittaker joins the UHSAA after a decorated coaching career with Bountiful High School, which included 18 UHSAA drill team state championships. She also served as the head golf coach for the Braves from 2003-2007 and was an assistant coach with the school’s volleyball team. Outside of the UHSAA, Whittaker managed numerous community interactive events with the Utah Jazz and was the dance team’s managing director for 21 basketball seasons. Whittaker will be the UHSAA director over drill team, golf, softball, swimming, theatre, volleyball, the UHSAA’s Sportsmanship program and UHSAA Student Leadership Conference.
Oglesby comes to the UHSAA after two years with the Big Sky Conference. He has extensive experience with Utah media outlets including working for KSL.com, Cherry Creek Radio, KUTV and 1320 KFNZ. He spent two years with Weber State athletics, which required developing strong rapport with administrators, coaches and student-athletes. As the Senior Director of Communications and External Operations with the Big Sky Conference, he ran multiple conference championship tournaments.
With the UHSAA, Oglesby will manage basketball, cross country, soccer, speech and debate, track and field, unified sports, in addition to the UHSAA’s media, marketing and technology.
The UHSAA is the leadership organization for high school athletic and fine arts activities in Utah. Since 1927, the UHSAA has led the development of education-based interscholastic athletic and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The belief is these activities are an essential part of the high school experience and go a long way to improving academic performance and producing better citizens.
The UHSAA reaches 149 member schools and over 87,000 participants in high school activity programs. The organization sanctions 10 girls’ sports and 10 boys’ sports and music, theatre and speech/debate in five different classifications.
The UHSAA is governed by a 30 member board of trustees, made up of elected school board members, superintendents representing all regions and areas throughout Utah, principals from each of the five classifications and a state board of education representative.
The organization is committed to stressing educational and cultural values, improving the participation experience in activities, promoting life skills and lessons involved in competitive activities, fostering sportsmanship and mutual respect and assisting those who oversee high school sports and activities in UHSAA member high schools.