Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Overtime: Prep Sports
Chris Kamrani and Tom Wharton
Chris Kamrani and Tom Wharton write about all aspects of high school sports for the Tribune. Follow Chris Kamrani on Twitter at @chriskamrani.

» Subscribe (RSS)

Longtime coach Ray Groth finally calls it quits

A man who has devoted much of his life to Utah high school football finally is calling it quits.

Ray Groth, Judge Memorial’s offensive coordinator, is retiring, the school announced in a news release. Before joining his son-in-law James Cordova’s staff with the Bulldogs, Groth spent more than two decades as a coach at several Utah schools.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"I love this game, and the players and coaches are the lucky ones to get to play and coach football," Groth said in the release. "I will miss every single thing about coaching. ... I will miss this profession."

Groth compiled a record of 119-114 during his 22 years as a coach in Utah. He led Highland to two state title games, in 2000 and 2005.

Cordova said Groth’s leadership of the Bulldogs’ offense, which averaged more than 37 points this season on its way to the Class 3A state title, cannot be replaced.

"Ray believed in those around him and pulled the best out of all of them," Cordova said in the statement. "Ray was part drill sergeant, part grandpa, and 100 percent coach. He is going to be impossible to replace as a coach, and he will be missed in every single way with Judge Memorial football."

Groth also had much success as a player and was taken in the 12th round of the 1970 NFL draft after a standout career at the University of Utah. But rather than try to make it in the NFL, he began coaching, where he made his biggest impact on the football field.

"To go along with [his] passion, he had a vast knowledge of the game," Judge quarterback Kaden Eliss said about Groth in the statement. "He taught me how to run the triple option, how to be intense, how to be a leader. Although he comes across as rough and edgy on the outside, a few times this season I got to see him cry with pure joy. To see that meant a lot to all of us on this team."

-Bubba Brown

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.