Longtime girls soccer coach Bobby Kennedy was recently named the 2019 Fall High School Coach of the Year for private schools by the United Soccer Coaches Association. This is the third consecutive year that Coach Kennedy has been so recognized by this organization.
In his final season as a Winged Lions head coach, Coach Kennedy led our team to its fifth consecutive Region 17 title and to a third straight 2A State Championship in an exciting penalty-kick win in October over Real Salt Lake Academy. Congratulations to Coach Kennedy on this honor and on a stellar career as head girls soccer coach.
Roland Tolbert, sprint coach for the Winged Lions track and field team, was recognized as the 2020 Simplot Games Coach of the Year, a very prestigious honor for the sport. Coach Tolbert was honored at this year’s games in Pocatello, Idaho, in mid-February, an event where he himself competed in 1979 and fell in love with the experience. He has been returning with his own Cheetahs Track Club athletes ever since.
Coach Tolbert has been a valued member of the Rowland Hall track and field coaching staff for several years. With his expertise in sprint races such as the 100 and 200 meters, he has helped our athletes improve and excel in those events. A graduate of South High School, where he had a standout track career, Coach Tolbert also enjoyed a star career at Utah State University Eastern in Price, Utah. He has been extremely active in the local Salt Lake track and field community for over 35 years, coaching high school athletes at South High, West High, East High, and Rowland Hall since 1986. In 1990, Coach Tolbert created a track and field club for local youth called the Cheetahs Track Club; he continues to run that very successful program, which focuses on involving inner city, low-income kids in the sport.
Congratulations, Coach Tolbert, on this awesome honor!