Dolphin honored for UIAAA service
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Current Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association president Renn Hoopes (left) presents Grand County High School athletic director Ronald Dolphin with a commemorative certificate.             Courtesy photo
Current Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association president Renn Hoopes (left) presents Grand County High School athletic director Ronald Dolphin with a commemorative certificate. Courtesy photo
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Grand County High School athletic director Ronald Dolphin was recently honored with a commemorative certificate in recognition of his service as past president of the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (UIAAA). Renn Hoopes, UIAAA president, presented the award to Dolphin during the UIAAA annual conference in St. George.

Dolphin is currently in his 23rd year of involvement with high school athletics as a coach and athletic director; 22 years have been with Grand County High. 

Born in Monticello, Dolphin moved to Moab at a young age. He graduated from GCHS, where he competed in football, baseball and wrestling. Dolphin played football at Snow College but broke his back during his sophomore year, ending his playing career. During his recovery, he became Snow College’s assistant running backs coach and discovered his love and passion for coaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University. 

Dolphin spent his first year coaching and teaching in Gabbs, Nev., developing a winning eight-man football team, a successful girls’ basketball team, and coaching junior high track. Dolphin returned to Moab and coached football, wrestling, softball, and baseball for 13 years. In 1999, he became Grand County’s fifth athletic director. Dolphin received his Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) designation in 2009, and the UIAAA’s “AD of the Year” award in 2010. 

He and his wife Melonie have four children, Laci, Jordan, Ronald, and son-in-law Landon.

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