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Utah Collegiate Boosters Top Most-Influential List Thanks To Facility Donations

Utah State Univ. booster JIM LAUB and Univ. of Utah boosters SPENCE ECCLES and JON HUNTSMAN SR. "share the billing as the co-Most Influential Person in Utah Sports" in '14, according to Kurt Kragthorpe of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Laub provided the "lead gift for USU’s Wayne Estes Center, Eccles helped to fund Utah’s Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center and Huntsman was instrumental in the development of the Utes’ Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Center, scheduled to open next spring." The building boom has become "one of the biggest stories in collegiate athletics in the state." USU AD SCOTT BARNES said with the school administration, Laub "picks his spots" in making suggestions and is insightful. Utah AD CHRIS HILL said, similarly, Eccles and Huntsman are "very passionate ... and they’re just like everybody else -- when the Utes are playing, they want us to win. At the same time, they know we have jobs to do, and they’re supportive" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/11).

RANK
PERSON POSITION
t-1
Jim Laub Utah State booster
t-1
Spence Eccles Utah booster
t-1
Jon Huntsman Sr. Utah booster
2
Dennis Lindsey Jazz GM
3
Scott Barnes Utah State AD
4
Bronco Mendenhall BYU football coach
5
Kyle Whittingham Utah football coach
t-6
Gail Miller Miller Sports Properties (Jazz)
t-6
Greg Miller Miller Sports Properties (Jazz)
t-6
Steve Miller Miller Sports Properties (Jazz)
7
Dell Loy Hansen Real Salt Lake Owner
8
Gordon Hayward Jazz G
9
Chris Hill Utah AD
10
Tom Holmoe BYU AD
t-11
Joss Christensen Olympic skier
t-11
Ted Ligety Olympic skier
t-11
Sage Kotsenburg Olympic snowboarder
12
Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake MF
13
Larry Krystkowiak Utah men's basketball coach
14
Garth Lagerwey Real Salt Lake GM
15
Noelle Pikus-Pace Olympic skeleton racer
16
Bill Manning Real Salt Lake President
17
Jeff Robbins Utah Sports Commission CEO
18
Dave Rose BYU men's basketball coach
19
Quin Snyder Jazz coach
20
Kaycee Field Rodeo champion
21
Rob Kuff UHSAA Exec Dir
22
Quincy Lewis Lone Peak (HS) basketball coach
23
Greg & Megan Marsden Utah gymnastic coaches
24
Matt Wells Utah State football coach
25
Trevor Lewis NHL Kings C
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