Head Coach Daron Connelly is entering his 4th year at the helm of the Alta Baseball program. He's entering his 9th year with the Canyons School District having been the head coach at Corner Canyon High School from 2013 to 2017. He has been a head coach at various levels across three states (California, Arizona, & Utah) since 1990, even serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Los Angeles Valley College where he was also played in 1983 & 1984. He then went on to play for ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Andy Lopez at California State University, Dominguez Hills. While there, the Toros reached national prominence achieving a national ranking as high as second. Coach Connelly was a pitcher for the Toros and never suffered a loss on the mound while at CSUDH compiling a two-year record of 8-0 with 5 saves his junior and senior seasons. That success led to signing a professional player contract with the San Francisco Giants. Coach Connelly played in the Giants minor-league system until he made the decision to pursue a career in coaching.
Coach Connelly came to Utah to start the program at Corner Canyon High School, the newest high school in the Canyons School District. By the third year of the program's existence, the Chargers had made the playoffs and were one pitch from playing for a 4A state title but came up a little short as they finished in 3rd place in 2016. The next year the Chargers made another good showing finishing 5th. Coach Connelly made the decision to move up the road to Alta for the 2018 season when the head coaching position opened up. Coach Connelly has had five daughters graduate from Alta and currently has two daughters who are students at Alta. Another reason to make the move was to have the opportunity to serve the Hawks athletic department as an Assistant Athletic Director. He also teaches TV Broadcasting & Video Production as well as Financial Literacy.
The Hawks baseball program has seen significant improvement since Coach Connelly & his staff's involvement in the program. 2018 saw the Hawks play to a 4-19 record. In 2019 the Hawks finished 13-11. The 2020 season was lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Hawks played American Legion Baseball where they won their conference and finished the short summer season with a 16-7 record. The 2021 season the Hawks finished 15-10 and were the 14th seed in the 5A playoffs. They graduated 12 seniors in 2021 and the 2022 season will be another rebuilding year for the Hawks.