For Heath Wilson, the new athletic director and assistant principal at Prairie View High School both athletics and education have been important in his life.
“Athletics have always just been a part of who I am,” he said. “I started playing football at the age of 9, all the way through college.
“Looking back at mine and my own children’s lives, athletics have importance of other things in our lives too. Athletics have taught us the importance of being on time, having goals and not being afraid to take risks. It’s also allowed us to make a commitment and to be responsible to others.”
Starting the late 1990s, Wilson was a defensive coach and an assistant coach for Brighton High School football for 12 years.
Wilson said seeing accomplishments of the kids he’s coached, and how they’ve went on to be successful has been very profound also.
“Work ethics applies both in sports and in the classroom,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot of that from my own children, with their own achievements and goals.”
Wilson’s daughter, Jordon finished her first year as a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She plays forward for the basketball team and was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. She was a lead scorer this season and is attending the university on a full ride scholarship.
Wilson’s son, Spencer plays football and basketball at PVHS. As a freshman this year, he made the Principal’s Honor Roll.
“It’s kind of neat to be back in School District 27J,” he said. “I started attending schools in the district in second grade at Henderson Elementary.”
He attended North Junior High School and then was the first class to attend Brighton High School as a ninth grader. He graduated from BHS in 1988.
In high school, Wilson played as a linebacker and a fullback for the Bulldogs. While at the University of Northern Colorado he played as a linebacker.
Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University. He attended Denver University for his Masters of Science in Administration (K-12).
He taught second and third grade for 10 years at Thornton Elementary. At Mountain View he was an assistant principal for four years and most recently has been the principal at Lochbuie Elementary for three years, where there are 515 students.
“It’s been cool seeing the town grow and change since living here,” Wilson said. “When we were kids growing up it was just a Safeways, Burger King and a Pizza Hut … that was it. Now there is so much more.”
Wilson’s wife, Gina has been a teacher at Patterson International in Jefferson County for 21 years.
“My plan this year is to really get to know the coaches, the program and systems that go along with that,” he said. “I’ll work to build the programs at PVHS.”