Joann Allister resigns
March 13, 2009
Joann Allister won’t coach the South Tahoe High softball team, after all.
Allister resigned a day before the season was scheduled to begin, and the school canceled the Vikings’ five-game participation in the Yerington tournament. The Vikings had a team meeting on Thursday but did not practice.
“A lot of emotion is going on when you lose a good coach like that,” said STHS Athletic Director Don Borges. “We are trying to do the best that we can. Just play softball is what we’re trying to do.”
Former STHS athlete Analeise Neitling and assistant coach Izzy Evans have stepped up to co-manage the team this spring, according to Borges.
Allister didn’t respond to a Tribune e-mail on Thursday night to discuss her resignation. On Wednesday night, she provided the Tribune with information for an article previewing the Vikings’ season.
In one of her responses, Allister was upset that critical preseason conditioning for her players was lost because of a new district rehiring policy. Allister had to reapply for her position after the Lake Tahoe Unified School District implemented a policy that requires varsity coaches to reinterview for their jobs after two years service. The reopening of the position denied Allister’s players fall and winter conditioning until she was rehired Feb. 11.
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“Without the opportunity for offseason training, this team will have to work extremely hard to get to the point of simply being competitive in a very tough league,” Allister said. “The varsity level is difficult, and it takes time to prepare. Unfortunately, these young ladies were denied that opportunity. Most of the teams in our league have been working together.”
Borges said South Tahoe won’t field a junior varsity team.