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Baker leaves after four seasons

FOOTBALL-Ray Baker steps down from head coaching position
by: Kris Anderson Ray Baker resigned from his position as Sandy's head football coach earlier this week. He coached for four seasons an leaves with a 13-27 record.

After four seasons as head coach of the Sandy football team, Ray Baker has resigned. The decision was first announced earlier this week.

It comes after the Pioneers finished this season with a 4-7 record and reached the Class 5A playoffs before being eliminated by top-seed Marist.

Baker, who was hired in 2008, leaves Sandy after compiling a 13-27 record.

Athletic Director Scott Maltman said in a statement, "Coach Baker has always set high expectations for himself and his program, he doesn't feel he has met them and he is stepping down. I tremendously respect his assessment of the program and his decision. I can't thank him enough for all his dedication and commitment to our football program over these last 4 years.

"He will continue to be a valuable member of the SHS teaching staff. Coach Baker has excellent connections in the football work and has graciously offered to assist in finding our next coach. We appreciate the foundation that he has laid and look forward to the next season."

A complete story will appear in the Dec. 21 edition of the Sandy Post.