The Utah Sports Hall of Fame Foundation held its annual spring banquet Monday in Salt Lake City to honor area athletes and coaches, and four men from Northern Utah were recognized for their careers in high school athletics.
Former Layton High athletic director Brad Hawkins was honored as a “distinguished service honoree.” Former Weber State football coach Dave Arslanian was recognized as a “coach of merit,” and former Morgan High basketball coach Jim Wiscombe and former Bountiful High football coach Larry Wall were recognized as distinguished coaches.
Hawkins is a graduate of Bonneville High School and taught and coached for 36 years at Layton High School — 29 of which were as athletic director — before retiring in 2017.
He played baseball at Weber State and BYU before spending three years in the Boston Red Sox organization. After two years of teaching at Bountiful High, he moved to Layton and became head baseball coach for 16 seasons while also assisting with football and basketball. Hawkins currently lives in Ogden.
Arslanian is a graduate of Bonneville High School and Weber State University, participating in track and football at WSU.
He went on to successful football coaching stints at Scottsdale Community College (a program he launched) and Snow College before becoming WSU football’s offensive coordinator and later head coach from 1989-1997. Arslanian’s 53 wins are still most by a head coach in WSU history.
He was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame for that and for his efforts in saving the university’s football program in 1994 when it was under consideration to be eliminated.
Arslanian has co-founded a residential youth development program in St. George. He currently lives in Ogden.
Wiscombe played for and coached for boys basketball state titles at Morgan High School.
He was 3A MVP on Morgan’s unbeaten 1974 team under coach Ron Abbeglen. After attending College of Eastern Utah and Utah State, and a stint coaching at Delta High, he returned to Morgan in 1987 and was head basketball coach for 24 years, five of which he was also athletic director.
He left the school to earn a Masters degree, then returned to Morgan to coach for 13 more seasons, coaching the Trojans to state titles in 2013 and 2014 to end his coaching career.
Wiscombe lives in Morgan with his wife, Liz, who has coached the Trojans’ volleyball team to 16 state championships.
Wall coached Bountiful High’s football team for 31 seasons, retiring after the 2015 season. He is a graduate of Viewmont High and the University of Utah.
He retired with the second-most wins in Utah high school football history with a record of 238-116. Wall coached the Braves to state titles in 1990, 1991, 2002 and 2003.
He began coaching and teaching in 1979 and retired from teaching in 2018.
Wall resides in Bountiful.
Local athletes who won scholarships from the Paul Ream family in 2017-18 were also recognized: Mckenzie Qualls of Clearfield High, a track athlete who is now at Snow College; and Valerie Harker of Syracuse High, a volleyball and basketball player who is now at Snow College.