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828 East Desert Hills Drive
Saint George, Utah 84790
T: 435.674.0885
F: 435.674.2606

Coaches Requirements/Standards

Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA), along with the Washington County School District and Desert Hills High School requires all coaches and advisors working in any capacity with our students, whether they are paid or not (volunteer) to complete the following requirements prior to participating with the team and our student athletes.  You can also access our Coaches Handbook for more detailed information.

1)      A Physical Education degree or coaching minor from any accredited institution. Coaches can also complete ASEP Training or the completion of the Fundamentals of Coaching course online at

2)      Coaches must be fingerprinted and have a background check. This can be done at the district office (by appointment). This is good for 5 years. Anyone with a current teaching license is cleared as well.

3)      Current CPR/1st Aid certification. The district holds clinics throughout the year (course cost $30) or the online portion can be taken here and also schedule the hands on portion with our school nurse or through the district.  

4)  Coaching Acknowledgement Agreement Form

5) Volunteer Form

6)      Concussion training is a Utah state law and must be completed online (free course) at

7) Bullying and Hazing Training

8) Covid 19 Training

Upon completion of these requirements, please send all documentation to Nik Peisley (Athletic Secretary) and the head coach of your sport. Please keep yourself informed with all state protocol regarding eligibility, dead times, moratoriums, and your sport’s regulations, etc. at At Desert Hills High School, we hold to the highest standards of ethics regarding athletics including all policies, procedures, and guidelines set forth by UHSSA, Washington County School District, and our own Athletic Department. Please help us in this effort by doing your part to represent the Thunder family.

Welcome to Desert Hills High School. This is a tremendous opportunity of mentoring and shaping the lives of our adolescents. Please be a proper role model to them and demonstrate the kind of character we want them to possess when they leave. The athletic department’s goals are the same as the schools – it is merely an extension of the classroom.  We want them to have Respect for themselves and those they compete with, demonstrate Responsibility for their conduct, and have Integrity as they participate in extra-curricular activities. These attributes are what we want to instill within our student athletes during our time with them by “building responsible life-long learners who exemplify integrity and are prepared to meet life’s challenges.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school. Good luck and have a great year!

Terri Howell

Vice Principal/Athletic Director

Mission Statement
Desert Hills High School is a community of lifelong learners held to high standards of academic scholarship, integrity, self-discipline and citizenship.

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28 East Desert Hills Drive
Saint George, Utah 84790
T: 435.674.0885
F: 435.674.2606