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2018 All-Area Coach of the Year: Ryan Alexander, Bonneville

By LUKE O’ROARK | Loroark@postregister.com
@LukeORoark

It isn’t easy replacing one of the area’s best coaches.

Bonneville High School players celebrate after Caden Christensen scored as they take on Idaho Falls High School at Melaleuca Field on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

But that’s exactly what Bonneville’s Ryan Alexander did in 2018.

Replacing Joldy Watts, who is now a pitching coach at Utah Valley University, Alexander took a young, talented team to this year’s 5A state title game. It was the Bees’ first state title appearance since 2013.

Despite losing 7-3 to Timberline, Alexander took a more aggressive offensive approach in his first year. It worked, as Bonneville continued its winning traditions this past spring.

Led by Utah commit and Post Register Player of the Year Randon Hostert, Bonneville went 24-6 under Alexander’s first year. The Bees outscored opponents 262-131.

“They’ve coached together for quite a few years, it’s pretty close,” Caden Christensen said. “I like Joldy and I like Ryan. I think it’s pretty similar.”

“They both did a great job working with us,” Hostert said of the transition from Watts to Alexander.

Next year, the Bees are set to return 14 players. Bonneville will also move down to the 4A classification level.

Other coaches who received All-Area recognition:

Pat Lloyd, Idaho Falls

Chad Hill, South Fremont

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