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Two UHSAA assistant directors stepping down
First Published Mar 28 2014 12:03 pm • Last Updated Mar 28 2014 11:33 pm

Two Utah High School Activities Association assistant directors are stepping down this summer.

The UHSAA announced that Supervisor of Officials Mike Petty is retiring at the end of July, while Becky Anderson, who is a director over several sports, will step down at the end of June.

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Petty assigns officials in football and basketball and oversees the assigning of officials in several other sports, according to a press release. He also manages the training of officials, among other duties.

"Having Mike as a full-time staff member in our office has been a tremendous asset to our UHSAA team and to our member schools," UHSAA Executive Director Rob Cuff said in a news release. "His knowledge, dependability and willingness to put in difficult and odd hours have brought great strength and respect to the position of Supervisor of Officials."

Petty, who spent several decades as a high school and Division I college official before joining the UHSAA, said he was fortunate to have overseen a dedicated staff of officials during his time with the UHSAA.

"I hope I have played a small part in making our officials the best in the sport in which they officiate," Petty said in the release. "I appreciate their dedication and commitment to officiating high school sports in the state of Utah."

Anderson, who became the first female assistant director in UHSAA history in 2008, oversees softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, drill team and music, according to the release. She also began the Raise-the-Bar sportsmanship program and a yearly student leadership conference.

"Becky has had the ability to foresee needs and initiate progress to serve member schools through her exceptional planning, organizing and communication skills," Cuff said in the release. "... Becky’s passion for high school activities will be missed not only from our staff, but across the state, as she has interacted with those who oversee high school activities in our member schools."

Anderson, who played softball for the University of Utah, went on to coach several sports at Murray for 27 seasons, according to the release. And working at the UHSAA has been one of the hallmarks of her life, she said.

"Being a member of the UHSAA team for the past six years has been an extraordinary honor and one of the most rewarding experiences of my lifetime," Anderson said in the release. "This position has allowed me to rub shoulders with the most incredible, selfless and dedicated individuals who work tirelessly in behalf of our students and the mission of education-based activities."

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