SANDY — An already dynamic offense added another weapon to its arsenal, however, he won’t be strapping up this season.
Former Timpview offensive coordinator, Chad Van Orden officially joined the Alta coaching staff, and will oversee the quarterback position while toggling co-offensive coordinator responsibilities with coach Bob Stephens this fall.
The Hawks return quarterback Chipper Lucero, who threw for 3,414 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2012. Receiver Mack Richards, who caught 60 balls for 887 yards and 11 touchdowns, is also back along with tight end Logan Harrison and linemen Dallas Walker and Baron Bruce.
Alta ranked third in 5A in points per game last year.
Van Orden spent 23 years coaching the Thunderbirds, and was widely credited with heightening the integration of the spread offense in the Utah’s high school scene. He won three state championships as the head coach and collectively five more with Louis Wong and Cary Whittingham.
Van Orden will also be reunited with Alta principal Fidel Montero, who was an assistant principal at Timpview while he was coaching in Provo.
Alta travels to East in a highly anticipated opening night bout on Aug. 23.
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