Matt Labrum will be leaving the school to take a job offer in Roosevelt, the town where he grew up and played for Union High School. He will be missed, as he was the head coach for both the baseball and the football programs.
Harrison will take his place at the baseball end and is ready for the job that he has assisted for 10 years. With the 10 years at Parowan and another two coaching a youth club at Lone Peak, Harrison has 12 years of experience coaching and is prepared for the task.
“We were pretty successful last season,” Harrison said. “I don’t anticipate any huge changes.”
One change that Harrison will focus on is gaining back a hitting team that the school was once known for. While Parowan is deep at the pitching position for the last few seasons, its hitting has gone down, Harrison said.
“I want to get the team back historically,” Harrison said. “If we can get back to hitting at a good level, I don’t see any other major problems with the team.”
The football future is looking bright with the addition of Nielsen, a coach with not only experience with football, but with Southern Utah football.
“I was a walk-on at SUU and played for the T-Birds for five years,” Nielsen said. “I want to build some confidence in these kids and have a successful season.”
That confidence can be built by getting the community of Parowan more involved and excited about the football season.
“If we can get more people out to games, we can start to build that confidence and let the kids know that the community cares,” Nielsen said.
More important than winning for Nielsen is teaching the players on the Parowan football team the life skills that football can teach and how to use them once they leave the playing field.
“Winning isn’t important, but football is important to build life skills,” Nielsen said. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity. I love the kids and community and am grateful to those who helped me get to this point.”