EPHRAIM -- Britt Maughan will use the skills he developed in Weber County in his new position as head football coach at Snow College.
Last week, Maughan was named the top coach at Snow, effective immediately. Maughan -- who has been the Baders' defensive coordinator -- replaces Tyler Hughes, who stepped down earlier this week to continue his education full time. Hughes will remain at Snow College through the spring semester, teaching classes and working with Maughan and the rest of the coaching staff to ensure a smooth transition.
"I am thrilled for Britt," said Hughes. "He has played a huge part in the success at Snow as he has been here during four of the five 11-win seasons Snow has had. I couldn't be happier for him and (his wife) Amanda. He will do an incredible job."
Snow had 11-win seasons in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012, as well as in 1985 when it won a national championship.
"I am honored to become the head coach at Snow College," Maughan said. "My wife and I love it here and we are very excited for the opportunity to continue to build upon the great tradition that has been established. I am sorry to see coach Hughes go; he is a great friend and coach. I have enjoyed my time working with him and I know every coach and player will miss him."
Maughan, a Weber High graduate, has served the past two years as Snow's defensive coordinator. He was Snow's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2006 through 2008. He then spent two years at the University of Utah where he coached safeties in 2009 and linebackers in 2010 while he was taking graduate level courses.
In 2004 he was the running backs coach at Ben Lomond High School, and the following year was the Scots' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He started his coaching career as the line coach at his alma mater in 2003.
This past season, under Maughan's direction, the Snow defense had six players named to the Western States Football League All-Conference first team: Ofa Hautau, Jake Miller and Thomas Bryson at defensive line; Nik Wolford at linebacker; Kapena Clark at defensive back; and Chris Van Orden as punter.
Hautau was named WSFL Defensive Player of the Year, and his brother Siale Hautau, the fourth starting defensive lineman, has signed to play next year at Oregon State University. Ofa Hautau, Miller and Van Orden were named to this year's NJCAA All-America defensive teams, as well as three Badgers who were named to the All-America offensive teams.
This year's 11-1 Badgers were ranked No. 3 in the final poll and led the nation in takeaways (40), sacks (67), defensive/special teams touchdowns (9) and safeties (8).
In winning the inaugural Carrier Dome Bowl in Syracuse, N.Y., over ASA College of Brooklyn 47-21, Snow started drives in ASA territory seven times, while ASA never started better than at its own 34-yard line.
"We're excited to be able to maintain the integrity of our football program with the selection of Britt as the new head coach," said athletic director Rob Nielson. Maughan was born in Moab in 1980 and graduated from Weber High in 1997. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. He is married to the former Amanda Munns and they have one daughter, Kaydence, who is two years old.