Committee recommends new STHS football coach for hire
July 22, 2009
A search committee has selected the next South Tahoe High School football coach, but the successor to Chris Morgan won’t be able to perform his new duties until he is approved by Lake Tahoe Unified School District.
The new coach must pass a background check by the district’s human resources department, then be approved by the school board. The board’s next scheduled meeting is Aug. 11, so without a special meeting for approval, the new coach may not be in place until two days before practice can officially begin. High schools in Nevada are permitted to begin noncontact drills on Aug. 13.
“We need to get this football coach rolling as soon as we can,” said STHS Athletic Director Don Borges.
Morgan resigned in May when he accepted the head coaching job at Pacific Grove near Monterey, Calif. The school has gone through two rounds of interviews for the position, delaying a final recommendation to the school board. For one of the few times in the past decade, the school has been able to attach a teaching position to the extra-curricular job. When the first round of interviews began, there was a social studies job linked to the football job, but some internal reshuffling within the school instead created a physical education position.
“I think the value of a coach/teacher on campus is one of highest priorities that a school should or could take,” Borges said earlier this month.
Borges said the school received 27 applicants for the physical education job, and four candidates were interviewed on Tuesday.
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“I feel positive about it, but it’s not a matter of Don being positive about it; it’s a matter of the committee feeling strong about it,” Borges said. “We have some very strong candidates, and this became highly competitive. The committee worked really hard to come to a conclusion, and we moved a name forward this afternoon.”
Borges can’t reveal the coach’s name until he is approved by the board because it is a personnel matter.
“Hopefully, we’ll know by the end of the week,” Borges said. “The person needs to get going as fast as they can with their different philosophies, coaching styles and assistant coaches. I’m leaving it with human resources to do the best they can, and I know they are working real hard and know the situation.”
Borges said he is pleased that the football program has moved forward in the absence of a head coach. Through the efforts of former head coach Mike Gorman, the program’s JV coach the past two years, the players have been involved in a weightlifting program and participated in a summer camp last weekend at the school.
“I’m really happy with the coaches from last year. Mike Gorman and his crew have been keeping the program going,” Borges said. “We’re moving forward, but we need to start running.”