Utah Tech head coach Jon Judkins will get a new contract extension when he takes to the field at Burns Arena this year on September 7, 2022 | Photo by E. George Goold, St. George News
ST. GEORGE- Utah Tech University head coach Jon Judkins has agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep the longtime Trailblazer mentor sidelined at Burns Arena through the 2026-27 season.
“Today is a momentous day for Utah Tech University and Trailblazer Athletics,” UT Intercollegiate Athletics Director Ken Beazer said. “Ensuring the winningest coach in Utah college basketball history remains at the helm of our men’s basketball program is a huge win for our student-athletes and the community.”
In his 17 seasons at St. George, Judkins led the program to a 306-164 (.651) overall record, including a 286-152 (.653) mark in the NCAA era of the ‘university.
At Utah Tech (formerly Dixie State), Judkins’ teams won seven conference championships (6 PacWest/1 RMAC) and made nine NCAA Division II basketball tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 run in of the 2010-11 campaign.
Last season, Judkins reached two major milestones in his career. He became the all-time winningest head coach in Utah college basketball history with career win #583 in UT’s 114-49 home rout of SAGU -American Indian College on December 15.
Judkins passed legendary Utah women’s basketball coach Elaine Elliott at the top of the state’s all-time coaching win list (both men’s and women’s).
Then three days later he got his 300e career win at Utah Tech in a 78-69 road triumph at North Dakota.
Judkins led the Trailblazer program to 12 consecutive winning seasons from 2008-2020. That run included seven 20-win campaigns, highlighted by a pair of NCAA-era school-record 23-win seasons in 2017-18 and at new in 2019-20.
“I am grateful for the opportunity Utah Tech University has given me over the past 18 years,” Judkins said. “My wife Lanette and I love St. George, our university, our fans and the state of Utah. We will continue to work very hard in the future to make our basketball program reflect the greatness of this university.
“I thank Ken Beazer and President [Richard B.] Williams for their faith and commitment to our coaching staff and our basketball program. The future of men’s basketball is bright and I’m excited to be a part of it. »
While at Utah Tech, Judkins coached 44 all-conference selections, including 19 first-team winners and two Conference Players of the Year.
Additionally, seven players earned recognition from all regions and two players – Zach Robbins and Trevor Hill – earned All-America honors.
Meanwhile, in the classroom, Judkins has had a total of 120 student-athletes who have achieved academic recognition from all conferences since 2009-2010, with three of those student-athletes – Josh Fuller, Brandon Simister and Hunter Schofield-garner CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
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