Changes continue to come for the students of Olympus. To go along with a new school and a new turf field with lacrosse lines, Walker Bateman has been named the new Head Coach of the Boy’s Lacrosse team.
Bateman leaves his former post at his Alma Mater, Highland, after one year at the helm and one year as an assistant.
“The hardest part about leaving Highland was knowing the players I coached there were disappointed in me for leaving,” said Bateman. “You build good relationships with the players and it was hard to break the news to them.”
Bateman admits that having athletic players, great assistant coaches, supportive parent reps and a winning history are keys to a successful lacrosse program.
“Olympus has all those things,” said Bateman. “But the fact we’ll have a field, support from the school and the potential Olympus has in the future really made my eyes light up.”
The Titans new turf field features silver lines for both Boy’s and Girls’ lacrosse.
“Field availability is always an issue in Utah so it is nice to know that the school is supportive of the lacrosse teams,” said Bateman.
Olympus has one of the largest youth programs in the state, including Bateman’s nephews.
“Knowing I have players coming to high school with experience is huge,” said Bateman. “I’m also looking forward to coaching my nephews down the road.”
Bateman will have his work cut out for him. The Titans are part of the Salt Lake City Conference featuring the 2011 Division I State Champion Brighton, 2011 Division I State Runner-Up Judge Memorial, Park City and Skyline. In 2010, Brighton and Park City faced off in the Championship with Brighton winning the title.
“The league we play in is in my mind is one of the most competitive, well coached leagues in the state,” said Bateman. “I’m excited to start competitive rivalries within our conference as well as other top teams in the state.”
Bateman won’t be alone though. The Larkin brothers, Danny and Ricky, will be back to help the Titans.
“I am really lucky when it comes to assistant coaches,” said Bateman. “Danny and Ricky have been coaching there for the last two years. I have known them for years having played with and against them. They just fit my style of coaching so it was a no brainier when that was brought up. I also have help from Tyler Seldomeridge, a Westminster Alumni. He is his first year of coaching but he is doing a great job so far.”
The Titans will hone their skills this fall with scrimmages against East, Skyline and Bingham.
Photos Courtesy of Haslam Photography
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