Cindy has played and coached basketball her whole life, which is what she anticipated always doing, yet realized that sometimes life takes you on a different path. A lot of it has to do with her family, and finding a job that was more suitable for her. She has always been able to motivate the youth and enjoys working with them. She is known as a builder and has improved every program in her 20 year tenure. She has been a head and assistant basketball coach at the Division 1 and Junior College levels. She has finished 5th place at the National Junior College Tournament and has been to the NCAA tournament numerous times as a coach and player. She has won region, conference and state championships.
Cindy taught college courses at Idaho State University, Ricks College, Brigham Young University, and Snow College. In addition she has spent 4 years teaching Spanish at Manti High School. She initially started teaching Spanish at Oxbow Academy for about two months and then was offered the position as our Academic Director. Academics have always been a priority for her teams. At Snow College her team maintained a team GPA of 3.6 and in High School her senior athletes graduated with a GPA of 3.8 or higher. She has improved academic performance by implementing study halls for her student-athletes. In so many ways her coaching experiences mirror the skill sets necessary for this position. As a top recruiter in athletics, she secured some of the top kids in the country. Her student athletes went on to play in the WNBA and other Division 1 programs. In addition to her coaching experience, she has been the marketing director for Snow College athletics and the assistant director for the first security games of Idaho.
When asked about her experience working at Oxbow Academy, Cindy said, “I love being a part of an organization, Oxbow, which really is on the cutting edge of our industry and what we do. That is motivating to me. It is all about the students. Their success is our success. We have some of the best teachers that would be really hard to replace. They truly care about these boys and have bent over backwards to make sure they are on track to really progress. If we can help each boy progress, that is a championship win right there. I have always felt like I don’t have a job, because a job to me is something you do because you have to. I have always felt like what I do is a way of life. I do it because I love it and I enjoy it. “It is with people that you win championships – it is not the strategy, or the curriculum, it is the people.” We have a great administrative team that work together and actually enjoy being around each other.”
When Cindy is not involved in being the Academic Director she enjoys spending time with her family, experiencing the fine arts, theatre, sports, being outdoors and reading. She of course loves learning!
Education and Affiliations
- Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Utah.
- Currently working on her MBA at Western Governors University
- Certified Teacher K-12