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Utah Tech Trailblazers
NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Western Athletic Conference (2020-present)
Past Conferences: None
City: St. George, Utah
Stadium: Burns Arena
NCAA Tournaments: None
- National Championships: None
- Conference Tournament Titles: None
- Conference Regular Season Titles: None
Utah Tech Trailblazers Team History
The Utah Tech Trailblazers are a Division I school located in St. George, Utah. Before joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2020, Utah Tech competed at the Division II level.
At that time, the school was still known as Dixie State. But in 2022, the university underwent a rebrand after concerns arose over the inclusion of the word “Dixie” due to the word’s historical ties to the Confederacy and racism. The school had been nicknamed “The Rebels” for more than 50 years before it was changed to the Red Storm in 2009.
Utah Tech must complete a four-year reclassification process in accordance with its transition to Division I, meaning the school is not currently eligible for postseason play. During that time, the Trailblazers will also be ineligible to participate in WAC postseason competitions, although they are eligible to win regular season championships.
Coach Jon Judkins
Coached by Jon Judkins, the Trailblazers posted losing records their first two years in the WAC, going 8-13 in 2020-21 and 13-18 the following season. They were a combined 10-22 in conference play during that time. Based on that, the Trailblazers — picked to finish 12th in the 2022-23 WAC preseason coaches and media polls — faced long odds entering this season.
A longtime fixture of the school, Judkins played for Utah Tech (then known as Dixie State) from 1983-84 before transferring to Utah State. Judkins started coaching at Snow College, a community college located in Ephraim, Utah, in 1988, beginning as an assistant. In 1993, he was elevated to head coach and, over 12 seasons, posted a winning percentage just shy of .700.
He then carried that success over to Utah Tech. The school won six Pacific West Conference regular season titles and qualified for the Division II NCAA Tournament nine times between 2010-20. In 2011, the school reached the Sweet 16 and lost to BYU Hawaii, 79-73.
Utah Tech Trailblazers All-Time Records
- Hunter Schofield: 731
- Cameron Gooden: 633
- Frank Staine: 472
- Hunter Schofield: 318
- Jacob Nichols: 207
- Frank Staine: 197
- Cameron Gooden: 179
- Brock Gilbert: 129
- Frank Staine: 89