Former BYU Forward Nate Austin Named Grantsville High School Head Basketball Coach

Apr 16, 2020, 2:03 PM | Updated: 2:17 pm

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Former BYU forward Nate Austin has been named the head basketball coach at Grantsville High School. (Ben Brewer, Deseret News)

(Ben Brewer, Deseret News)

GRANTSVILLE, Utah – BYU basketball’s all-time leader in games played, Nate Austin, has landed his first head coach job.

Austin, who played for BYU from 2011-2016 and was a graduate assistant for the past two years, announced on his social media Thursday that he will be the new boys head basketball coach at Grantsville High School.

“I am so excited to be a Grantsville Cowboy! I hope to build a program that aligns itself with the personality of the Grantsville community—relentless work ethic, commitment to each other, and a passion for the pursuit of excellence. I want to say thank you to Principal Kenna Aagard and Athletic Director Scott Mouritsen for this incredible opportunity. Let’s get to work,” said Austin.

Along with being the boys’ basketball coach, Austin will also teach physical education at Grantsville High.

Since he graduated from BYU in the summer of 2016, Austin immediately went to the bench to be a basketball coach. Austin coached at his alma mater Lone Peak High School for two seasons before becoming a graduate assistant for his former head coach Dave Rose and then Mark Pope this past year at BYU.

An iron man during his playing days with the Cougars, Austin appeared in 153 BYU games. The most of any player in program history. Austin also holds the record at BYU for most fouls committed in a career. He passed Russell Larson during his senior year and concluded his time at BYU with 425 fouls.

The fouls highlight how Austin was always willing to give a second or even third effort on the court and gave everything for the BYU program.

Now Austin inherits a Grantsville High School boys basketball team that took fifth-place in 3A this past season and finished with a 15-10 record overall last year.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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Former BYU Forward Nate Austin Named Grantsville High School Head Basketball Coach