Tuesday , November 28, 2017 - 5:09 PM
LAYTON — A longtime football coach is hanging up his whistle, allowing a young coach to reverse course and get back into the game.
Tyler Gladwell will return to the sideline as new head coach of the Layton High Lancers. After 13 years as Layton’s head coach, Jim Batchelor has stepped down and left the school to become an administrator in the district.
Batchelor started as assistant principal Monday at North Davis Junior High, the same day Gladwell assumed Batchelor’s teaching schedule at Layton and officially became the Lancers’ football coach.
“I thought I would be OK with getting out of coaching and teaching, and start a career in administration,” Gladwell said Tuesday. “It wasn’t too long being at the district office to realize my place is in the school. I miss the kids, I miss the energy of the school and coaching football.
“It wasn’t that the district wasn’t a good job, it’s just that I’m still young, I’ve got a lot of years left … I have the desire and energy to still do that.”
Batchelor coached for 27 seasons, 14 of them as assistant football coach and head baseball coach at Davis before his 13 years as head football coach at Layton.
He characterized his move as bittersweet, but one that came due when administrative opportunities opened following Layton’s recent 0-10 season.
“I had a great run, I love Layton High School and feel privileged to have coached there,” Batchelor said. “We didn’t have a great year this year, but the kids worked hard like they always do ...
“I’ve had some great kids and coaches to work with, but it was time to do something else. When the first kickoff comes next year, I might feel differently, but right now I have no regrets.”
Batchelor leaves his part-time athletic director duties at Layton to Rob Reisbeck. He said he, Reisbeck and Layton’s administration met with candidates a week before Thanksgiving.
Gladwell said he was offered the job the night of his interview.
“Tyler did a fantastic job,” Batchelor said. “He’s an excellent football coach with great experience, and he’s going to do a great job.”
Gladwell, a graduate of Bonneville High, briefly coached there and at Clearfield before becoming head coach at Davis in 2014.
The opportunity to move into the role immediately after football season gives him a head start on making the program his, he said. He’s already met with next year’s juniors and seniors to begin offseason conditioning.
“I think the kids are excited and I’m excited, I’m fortunate to be in the school now and put the pieces together for next year’s season,” Gladwell said.
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