Idaho Opportunity Beckons Recreation Coordinator

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Payson's Sports Coordinator Teddy Pettet has resigned his position to accept a teaching/coaching offer from Weiser High School in Idaho.

"I'm going to go back to teaching and coaching, which is what I love anyway," Pettet said.

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Former Longhorn baseball coach Teddy Pettet gives instructions to his players during a practice session. Pettet resigned his position in the spring and will step down as town recreation sports coordinator at the end of this month.

His resignation from the Payson Parks and Recreation Department is official July 30.

At Weiser, he will teach business education and serve as the Wolverines' head baseball and junior varsity basketball coach.

According to Pettet, he is moving to Idaho to be closer to his wife and children who have lived near Boise for about a year. Also, the state gave him the opportunity to return to teaching without being penalized on the salary schedule.

"In Idaho, they gave me (salary) credit for my 17 years (of teaching and coaching)," he said.

Most Arizona schools award salary credit for only about five years of experience in another district.

For the past four years, Pettet has worked full time for the parks and recreation department. He joined the department in 1998 as a part-time employee overseeing mostly youth and adult sports offerings.

Prior to accepting full-time employment with the town, he was a business education teacher at Payson High School. He also was the Longhorns' head baseball coach for 17 years before resigning last spring.

A longtime high school official, he has refereed prep football, soccer and basketball games around the state. He also served as an Amateur Softball Association commissioner for more than 20 years.

A 1977 graduate of Payson High School, Pettet earned a BS degree in 1982 from Grand Canyon University.

He has an extended family in Payson including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and a brother and sister.

Another sister lives in Mayer.

"I'm moving, but Payson will always be my hometown," he said.

A decision has not been made on Pettet's replacement at parks and recreation.

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