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Rob Cuff laughed when asked if he would need staff to wear name tags in the Utah High School Activities Association's offices.

That's because the UHSAA announced Thursday the hiring of three new assistant directors.

"We feel really comfortable with the experience of all three candidates coming in," Cuff said.

Brenan Jackson, the principal at Kanab High School, Jan Whittaker, a former coach at Bountiful High, and Jonathan Oglesby, who worked for the Big Sky Conference, were approved as new assistant directors during Wednesday's UHSAA Executive Committee meeting.

Jackson, who coached Manti to the 1999 state title in football before becoming principal at Kanab, will oversee football, music, tennis, wrestling and coaches education.

Whittaker coached drill team and girls' golf while serving as an assistant for the volleyball team at Bountiful. She will be responsible for overseeing drill team, golf, swimming, softball, theater, volleyball, the UHSAA's sportsmanship program and the association's student leadership conference.

Oglesby worked as the senior director of communications for the Big Sky Conference. He will handle media, marketing and technology in addition to managing basketball, cross-country, soccer, speech and debate, track and field and unified sports.

Three hires replace three assistant directors who are leaving — Kim Monkres, Ryan Bishop and Josh Taylor.

— Kevin Winters Morriss

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