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Most Influential in Utah sports: Whittingham wields power

Coach elevated Utes in Pac-12, revived fans’ interest in program.

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Utah Sports Commission CEO

Previous ranking » No. 14

At a glance

Most Influential in Utah Sports

1. Kyle Whittingham

2. Kevin O’Connor

3. Bronco Mendenhall

4. Tom Holmoe

5. Dave Checketts

6. Chris Hill

7. Larry Scott

8. Al Jefferson

9. Greg Miller and Gail Miller

10. Scott Barnes

11. Dave Rose

12. Randy Rigby

13. Jeff Robbins

14. Tyrone Corbin

15. Jason Kreis

16. Bill Marolt

17. Sarah Hendrickson

18. Bill Manning

19. Damian Lillard

20. Rob Cuff

21. Trevor Lewis

22. Greg & Megan Marsden

23. Kaycee Feild

24. Tommy Grady

25. Mike Trout

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The Utah Sports Commission took a hit when the Dew Tour chose not to return to its highly successful stops in the state. Yet Robbins and his staff continue to find other opportunities, such as a partnership with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in developing winter events. The commission also brought the U.S. women’s soccer team to Sandy for its final pre-Olympic game and again staged Utah’s only PGA Tour-brand event.

No. 14 Tyrone Corbin

Jazz coach

Previous ranking » No. 19

Corbin seemed to settle into his job during the lockout-shortened, 2011-12 season and is looking forward to his first cycle of a full training camp and 82-game schedule in 2012-13. His team overachieved by making the playoffs with a 36-30 record, although complaints from unhappy players about Corbin’s lack of communication with them somewhat tarnished his performance. He will be closely judged this season, with a contract extension at stake.

No. 15 Jason Kreis

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Real Salt Lake coach

Previous ranking » No. 12

Real Salt Lake’s inconsistency has not reflected well on Kreis, who steered the team through a series of injuries, suspensions and international call-ups in 2011. RSL held the best record in Major League Soccer near the halfway point of the season, only to fade. With a roster designed to make a run at another championship, Kreis needs to position his team for the playoffs, although the chances of hosting the MLS Cup final appear remote.

No. 16 Bill Marolt

U.S. Ski and Snowboard CEO

Previous ranking » No. 18

The USSA’s 2011-12 season was headlined by Lindsey Vonn’s record fourth overall World Cup title in Alpine skiing. With the Center of Excellence, the USSA has made Park City a training base for growing numbers of America’s top winter sports athletes. Teaming with the Utah Sports Commission, the USSA will bring five major events to Utah in 2012-13 and ‘13-14, showcasing stars of freestyle skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding.

No. 17 Sarah Hendrickson

Ski jumper

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