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Lockett named high school Athletics Director

A teacher at the high school since 2005, Wade Lockett will oversee the athletic programs


Sandy High has found its next athletic director, and it didn’t have to look very far. Wade Lockett, who has been a teacher and assistant coach at Sandy since 2005, has been promoted to replace Scott Maltman as head of the athletic department.

“Wade is a talented educator,” Oregon Trail District superintendent said in a press release. “I’ve seen the positive impact he has on his students and I know he’ll use those same great communication and leadership skills to move our school forward.”

In his time at Sandy, Lockett has served as an assistant coach for the football and baseball teams. He teaches social studies and has been an advisor to Class of 2014, the National Honor Society and the speech and debate team.

Baseball coach Garet Luebbert now has to find a replacement for Lockett on his staff. Luebbert would have loved to keep Lockett around for a while, but is happy for his assistant coach and feels he will thrive in his new position.

“Wade will be a hard guy to replace, but fortunately, he is now there to help us find someone,” Luebbert said. “He will do great. He is a very enthusiastic guy and he is very passionate about education.”

Sandy’s new athletic director has gained a reputation, on the field and in the classroom, as one who truly cares about the well-being of the kids he works with. In the eyes of district and school administrators, that characteristic made Lockett an obvious choice as the one to direct the school’s student-athletes.

“Wade is deeply dedicated to our vision of excellence,” Sandy principal Kim Ball said. “I know he’ll do an outstanding job leading our athletics program.”

Lockett hopes he can collaborate with parents, teachers and students to continue to guide and inspire Sandy’s youth in his new capacity as athletic director.

“I firmly believe that leadership, first and foremost, is founded on a genuine love and belief in what we are doing and whom we are serving,” Lockett said. “We are all in this effort to educate our kids together.”

Lockett will officially take the reins of his new post on August 1, and the whole athletic department expects big things from him right away.

“Wade is level-headed,” Luebbert said. “He is going to have a hard time failing. He is one of those guys that if things don’t work out, he is just going to put more work in the next day to make sure they do.”