West Jordan ‘a sleeping giant’ says Jaguars new football coach
Jul 29, 2019 03:59PM
● By Greg James
Last season the Jaguars sophomore team defeated Hunter, but this year the players get the opportunity to learn from a new coaching staff. (Greg James/City Journals)
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The football program at West Jordan High School has a new head coach. Carson Mund takes over this fall for the Jaguars.
“West Jordan is really a sleeping giant,” Mund said. “Coach Meifu really got West Jordan back up to where it had been. He had similar philosophies as I do. It has not been too hard of a transition. The kids are really catching on.”
The Jaguars’ new offensive wrinkle will include a more prolific running game.
“I think we will be a lot more committed to running the football,” Mund said. “Meifu did a great job, and I have some big shoes to fill. He has been very successful in building this program back up. We have spent a lot of time in the weight room and are emphasizing to the players the importance of being a good teammate. We also want the kids to learn to be dependable. The way of life is going to be most important.”
The Jaguars are Mund’s first head coaching opportunity. He comes to West Jordan after spending time at Box Elder, Weber and Logan high schools. He has coached quarterbacks, running backs and linebackers. He also spent time as an offensive coordinator.
“I will be offensive coordinator, and that is what experience I bring to West Jordan,” he said. “We will run a multiple set offense with different formations, personnel groups and shifting movements. We will really need to be bigger, faster and stronger. Every year we need to lay it down and take our team to where we know it can go.”
He graduated from Box Elder High School in 2010 and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa.
Mund is not the only new addition to the coaching staff. Former Jaguar and retired NFL product DJ Tialavea returns to his alma mater as line coach.
“We both have discussed the potential of our offensive and defensive line,” Mund said. “It is huge what can be done. We are very young with only two seniors, but the core is so good. DJ being around has been a great influence. He has played at the highest level of football. He relates well to the kids. He will be a great benefit.”
The Jaguars return two All-State players from last year's team, safety and running back Isaiah Lapale and cornerback and wide receiver David Montezuma. The battle for the starting quarterback position will boil down to senior Ben Anderson and sophomore Boston Farmer.
“Whichever quarterback is not starting will get lots of time as wide receiver,” Mund said. “They are both going to be huge contributors to what we do offensively. The offensive line will be anchored by our center, Bo Lambson.”
The Jaguars lost a majority of their offensive and defensive line to graduation. Former quarterback Oakley Kopp recently signed a letter of intent to attend Montana State Northern.
West Jordan will compete in a revamped Region 2. It will face Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, Taylorsville and West.
“The kids are doing what it takes to win,” Mund said. “The attitude of the kids that we have is awesome.”