Tooele High School will induct Verl Coates, Scott McBeth and Kim Murray into its Wall of Fame as part of festivities surrounding Friday night’s homecoming football game against Uintah, the school announced Tuesday.
Each inductee’s bio is listed below, courtesy of Tooele High athletic director Catham Beer.
Verl Coates is a 1954 graduate of Lehi High School. Today, however, it is the purple of Tooele High School that he wears proudly. Over the past two decades, Coates has been a mainstay at Tooele High School athletic events – whether as a bus driver, or a super fan. It is not uncommon to find him at a Tooele golf match in the morning, a THS tennis match in the afternoon, and a THS volleyball game in the evening.
No matter the season, or the sport, you can find Coates supporting THS. You can also, often, find him proudly wearing his purple at Grantsville or Stansbury high schools when the Buffs are competing against their rivals on the road.
Coates loves supporting the athletes of Tooele High School and the Tooele High athletes love seeing him (and the Peanut M&M’s he brings to share with them).
Coates, and his wife, Sharon, are the proud parents of 8 children and 27 grandchildren.
Scott McBeth is a 1970 graduate of Tooele High School. During his time at THS, Scott was a four-year member of the basketball team, earning four varsity letters.
During his senior year, Scott was the region Most Valuable Player and was named to the Class 2A All-State basketball team. That year, the basketball team went undefeated at home, and beat Bingham High School in their old gym in Copperton for the first time in 18 years. The Buffaloes finished the year with a region record of 6-2 and a division championship – the first one in 17 years. He averaged just over 21 points a game during his senior year.
Following high school, McBeth went on to play basketball at Colorado State University. He stayed involved in basketball by coaching girls basketball in a Salt Lake County basketball league.
McBeth retired in 2017 after 43 years of public service. His last position was Director of Aging and Family Services for Mountainland Association of Governments. He currently lives in South Jordan with his wife, LuAnn Madsen McBeth (also a member of the 1970 Tooele High School graduating class). They are the proud parents of two daughters (Jennifer McBeth Eatchel and Jamie McBeth Groo) and two grandchildren (Zack and Benson Groo). They enjoy spending time in their mountain cabin, located in the Uintas.
Murray is a 1965 graduate of Tooele High School. During his time at Tooele High, he was a four-year member of the football, basketball, and track teams. He earned two letters in football and basketball and lettered four times in track. He was also a team captain for the football, basketball, and track teams his senior year.
As a member of the track team, he was the first Tooele High School athlete to place at the BYU Track and Field Invitational, where he placed third in the decathlon. He was awarded the Dean Barrus Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding athlete.
Following high school, Murray served four years in the Air Force. He also officiated church, community, and high school softball, baseball, volleyball, and basketball games for 37 years. In addition, he coached softball, baseball and basketball teams.
Murray continues to support Tooele High School athletics by attending games and encouraging the athletes. He has also been a member of several Tooele High School Booster Clubs for many years. Currently, he works part-time for Fireplace Design and Service.
Murray and his wife, Linda, just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of five children: Kim the 2nd, Rowdy (Michelle), Kammeron, Brandon (Melanie) and Dustin (Melissa). They have 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Murray enjoys helping others in need and working in his yard; however, his first love is supporting his grandchildren in their many sports and activities.