SALINA – North Sevier High School has selected Wyatt Mason as the new head coach for the Wolves’ football squad. Devin Lindley held the position for four years, at which point he opted to take the offensive coordinator position at Wasatch High School in Heber City.
“I’m very excited for this new role and what the season will bring,” Mason said. “While we did have some key players graduate last year, we have some really good athletes that were behind those guys coming up.”
Mason was born and raised in Aurora, is a NSHS alumni and played on the school’s 2008 state championship football team. After which he attended Southern Utah University and then Dixie State University. He has been an assistant coach for the Wolves over the past eight years.
“Over the time I have been an assistant coach, I have gotten to see and been involved in coaching both sides of the ball – offense and defense,” Mason said. “I started as a position coach for running backs and defensive backs, later became the offensive coordinator and then the defensive coordinator.”
Most of the offensive linemen as well as many of the defensive linemen are returning this year with field time and experience under their belts, according to Mason.
“There is a sense of excitement that is awesome,” Mason said. “We have some juniors stepping up and filling key roles occupied by seniors last year. We are also going to have some pretty good size on the line compared to what we have had in the past.”
Mason said he would like the team to be more efficient running the ball and he plans to change up the offense to be more run focused with misdirection plays. Yet, he does not want the team to be one-dimensional. He said he is planning to keep what has worked for the team over the past handful of years and then creatively incorporate things that worked when he played.
“I’m also excited to get more involved with the youth program, which is what feeds athletes to the high school program,” Mason said. “I would like to simplify the offense for the younger players and incorporate consistency so when the younger kids roll into high school, they are already familiar and comfortable. Once the basics are in place, we can build skills from there and incorporate a higher level approach and plays.”
Mason’s assistant coaching team will consist of Ryan Higgs, Riley Tidlund, Dave Bailey, Rob Karren, Bobby Robins, Kaisey Anderson, Danny Butterfield and Ross Taylor. A few others are still in the works.
“We are excited about our schedule, particularly our home schedule,” Mason said. “Last year we traveled a lot and made all the long trips. This year we will be at home for those. However, we will play Beaver in Beaver and Milford in Milford – both will be tough games.
Mason said he is excited to start the season against South Sevier and Richfield.
“I think both of our first two games will be fun and competitive inter-county matchups,” Mason said. “They should both be exciting football games.”
With all games scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m., the Wolves’ 2020 season schedule includes –
• Aug. 14 – NSHS vs South Sevier
• Aug. 21 – NSHS @ Richfield
• Aug. 28 – NSHS vs North Summit
• Sept. 4 – NSHS @ Beaver
• Sept. 11 – NSHS vs Enterprises
• Sept. 18 – NSHS vs Kanab
• Sept. 25 – NSHS @ Millard
• Oct. 2 – NSHS vs Parowan
• Oct. 9 – NSHS @ Gunnison
• Oct. 15 – NSHS @ Milford