Town Taps New Sports Coordinator

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A former Payson High School honor student and sports standout has been selected as the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism’s new sports coordinator.

Trevor LaHaye will replace Joseph Harris who resigned last June to accept a similar position in Los Alamos, N.M.

Trevor is the son of current town chief building official Ray LaHaye who more than 20 years ago was the town’s parks and recreation director.

Trevor LaHaye was not available for interview by press time, but town Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator Mary McMullen verified he had been hired.

It was McMullen who assumed sports coordinator duties when Harris resigned and until LaHaye was brought on board.

“It will be good to have a full staff again,” she said.

Trevor LaHaye is a 2003 graduate of Payson High School and competed most years in three sports.

In soccer his senior season, he won Grand Canyon all-region, second-team honors after leading the Longhorns in scoring while playing the forward position.

A year earlier, LaHaye’s basketball season was abruptly halted when he suffered a broken leg during a preseason practice. LaHaye also played baseball for former Longhorn coach Teddy Pettet.

He also participated in various other sports and recreational offerings including the town-hosted Home Run Derby. In 2005, he, Larry Wilbanks and Kyle Sachak finished as men’s division silver medalists.

After graduation from PHS he attended Blair Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa where he was on the Dean’s List and one of only two freshmen to make the BCU varsity soccer team. He later transferred to Mesa College and then to Grand Canyon University where he graduated with a degree in sports and recreation.

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