Summarized by Rosemary Pollock
Cuff 'em! High school game will pit coaching brothers
Deseret News 14Dec99 S2
By Jody Genessy: Deseret News prep editor
Rob Cuff is the head coach of two-time defending 5A champion Mountain
View. He will be coaching opposite his younger brother, Ryan who is the
new coach at Lone Peak. "When Ryan got the job at Lone Peak this
spring, we circled Dec. 15 on all of our calendars," said Bob Cuff, father
of the coaches. "And it really has become a family affair, even down to
the grandmas and grandpas. This is a real treat."
Coaches Rob and Ryan have been busy trying to keep focused on this
pre season game. This game is important for the upcoming region season
not just to decide who will pay for dinner after the game. "We want to
try to make it our team against his team, not him against me," Rob said.
"But our kids know who the coaches are." "I think it will all be fun.
It'll be a lot better than going for a region title against him."
Ryan, a 28-year-old rookie, credits Rob, a 32-year-old grizzled
veteran, for helping him into the coaching world. Next to his dad, Rob
is Ryan's "favorite coach." "It would be a little harder to play if we
were in the same region," Ryan said. "It is a great opportunity for us
to play a great team and to get ready for region. But this game's for
the kids, not us."
Bob Cuff coached for 20 years and won three state titles at Richfield.
Rob had aspirations to be a sports broadcaster before he served a
mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon
returning he was involved coaching at Mountain View and then was a
graduate assistant at BYU before he landed a full-time position with the
Ryan was one of the state's top prep hoopsters. He played for BYU,
Arizona State and Weber State. He played in Europe for a stint before
becoming an assistant at Bountiful. He eventually took over for the
retired Carl Ingersoll in Highland.
"Rob has become a tremendous student of the game," said Bob. "And Ryan
is in a transition of going from a successful high school and college
player to being a coach." "I never thought of them being coaches, but I
was delighted to see these two get involved. It's very special for me.
They are two outstanding young men."