After a 20-year career in law enforcement spanning four agencies, Monty Vorwaller found a passion in education and started teaching science at Rocky Mountain Junior High three years ago.
The Weber High and Weber State graduate also found a passion in coaching baseball. He assisted Trevor Howell’s staff the past three seasons with the Warriors, who clinched a playoff berth this season for the first time since 2011.
Now he’ll be in charge of the Roy High baseball dugout. Vorwaller is Roy baseball’s new head coach, RHS principal Kirt Swalberg confirmed, replacing former head coach Travis Flint, who resigned after the season ended.
It’s Vorwaller’s first head coaching job at the high school level, he said. But that doesn’t mean his goals have to be grounded.
“I want to keep building up the traditions they have there. They’ve made the state playoffs the past couple years ... they have a great core of players coming in,” Vorwaller said. “I want to compete for and win a region title and then see how far we can go in the state tournament.”
“And then maybe one day we’ll win that elusive state title.”
Vorwaller graduated from Weber High in 1990 and Weber State in 1998 with a criminal justice degree. His law-enforcement career had stops at the Harrisville and Pleasant View police departments, then the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office before finishing with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
So why did he switch to education and coaching? Vorwaller said it has to do with when and where one can impact people’s lives.
“Being in law enforcement, you think you can impact people’s lives, but it’s retroactive (and) reactionary. In education, you can impact people’s lives before they go down that road,” Vorwaller said.
He said he learned a lot in the three years coaching at Weber under Howell, but that the move to Roy was the next progression in the career of a coach.
The Royals finished 9-13 this season and placed third in Region 5 with a 5-7 record before going 0-2 in the 5A state playoffs.