Charlene Marinoni Dupin was a coach from 1964-2002. Dupin was raised in Price and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1960. She continued her education at the College of Eastern Utah, earning a degree in 1962. Not wanting to stop there, Dupin not only earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Utah State University in 1964, she also earned a master’s degree in administration from Brigham Young University in 1984.
Dupin started her impressive career in the Carbon School District by first teaching at East Carbon Junior High. After a year, she was transferred to Carbon High School, where she remained. During her 38 years of teaching, Dupin became a well-known name. She was respected by all who interacted with her, whether it was a student, parent or colleague. Dupin was the first at Carbon High to coach girls’ basketball, tennis, co-ed swimming and volleyball. She also took time to serve as an advisor to Carbon’s Drill team, cheerleaders and pep club.
Dupin began her coaching career with girls track. At the time it was a county program and, during the early years, the coaching took place in gym class. She dutifully stayed with the track program until she watched it develop into a full-fledged athletic program. It went beyond that, with her assistance, becoming of the best in the state. In 1980, Dupin accomplished her highest honor in track when the Carbon High girls’ track team won the state championship, followed by a second-place finish the year after.
Dupin also served on the Utah High School Activities Association board for six years and coached for Region 8 for two years. She was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1990. Dupin was then inducted into the CEU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. She received honors by Price City with the Visionary Service Leader Award in 2004 and was also inducted into the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dupin is married to coach Paul Dupin, who also had quite a career teaching and coaching at Mont Harmon Junior High. The pair have two daughters, Paula and Pam, as well as four grandchildren. Their grandchildren inherited their love of sports and keep the duo busy with baseball, volleyball and basketball games as well as track meets.
“To be a teacher, you have to love kids,” Dupin stated when asked about her career choice. “My biggest reward is seeing them grow from young men and women into responsible adults.”
Dupin has touched countless individuals who have, in turn, gone on to make the world a better place.