Alan Albright, counselor at Spanish Fork High School, was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame last month.
When asked about being inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame, Alan said, “One of the highlights is getting to see my former coaches and friends that made a difference in my life.”
Alan was a two-time California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIFSS) Champion and a high school First Team All-American at Norwalk High School in California. He had a high school career record of 102 wins with 4 losses. He was undefeated his junior and senior years. Alan was a high school National Freestyle Champion and Third Place in the World in 1971 in Tokyo, Japan. He was a Big 8 Conference Champion and a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I (DI) “All-American” at Oklahoma State University.
In 1984, Alan Albright coached Spanish Fork High School for the first State Wrestling Championship ever. Coach Albright was named High School Coach of the Year in 1984.
Coach Albright then became the Head Wrestling Coach at Brigham Young University for 10 years. Coach Albright’s BYU teams won two Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. Coach Albright was named WAC Coach of the Year, twice. Coach Albright’s teams won the Western NCAA Regionals and Private University National Championship. Coach Albright was named National Private University Coach of the Year along with his teams being the Number One Academic Team in the Nation.
After BYU, Alan returned to a decade-long career coaching at Spanish Fork High School and is currently a counselor at Spanish Fork High.
Photo: Terry Bales, Alan’s high school basketball coach; Leon Estes, Alan’s high school head wrestling coach; Alan Albright; Larry Brunner, high school assistant wrestling coach; Ron Hansen, Alan’s first wrestler that Alan coached at Spanish Fork High School; and Jim Stuart, a history teacher and Alan’s longtime friend.