Two Canyons District well-known and respected advocates for student athletes have received statewide honors for their notable careers.
Morgan Brown, athletic director for Alta High, and Natalie Meyer, who has been at the heart of Brighton High’s tennis dynasty, are two of the Utah High School Activities Association’s 17 Distinguished Awards recipients for 2018.
Brown, who is in his 30th year at Alta High, was honored by the UHSAA as the Utah High School Athletic Director of the Year. Meyer, whose boys tennis team are the defending 5A state champs, was named by the UHSAA as the 5A Coach of the Year.
For all of Alta’s students who love to play sports, Brown is an essential part of their experience, school officials say. For nearly 20 years, Brown has coordinated transportation, overseen scheduling, and supported the Alta Hawks’ athletic endeavors. Brown started his career at Alta coaching football and track, having been a state champion himself in track in high school.
Meyer, a a long-time teacher and coach, is adept at helping her students accomplish hard things. She teaches them in math, and when they falter, she tutors them before and after school to make sure they succeed.
When it comes to sports, Natalie helps her teams develop the qualities that make them champions, both in their hearts and on the scoreboard. For Meyer, watching her players enjoy the sport and treat each other with respect is her greatest accomplishment, she says. That said, she is no stranger to winning, with nine state championships on her record.