Las Vegas coach to lead STHS baseball program |

Las Vegas coach to lead STHS baseball program

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Don Amaral’s tenure as South Tahoe High baseball coach was short-lived.

Amaral has resigned after one season as the Vikings’ skipper, citing personal reasons for his departure, according to STHS Athletic Director Don Borges.

The school worked swiftly to fill the one-month-old vacancy as Rich Rubel was approved as the Vikings’ new baseball coach by Lake Tahoe Unified School District on Tuesday night.

Rubel brings a big-city baseball background to the Vikings’ program. The former owner of Frozen Ropes, a baseball and softball training center in Las Vegas, was responsible for developing players year-round.

“He’s very enthusiastic,” Borges said.

Borges said the school had two additional applicants and both are expected to work with the program this season.

Playing their final season in the Northern 4A League’s Sierra Division, the Vikings finished in the cellar at 0-18. Amaral’s 2010 club, however, was 7-5 in nonleague games and finished 7-23 overall.

“Don Amaral improved South Tahoe baseball,” Borges said. “It caught us by surprise, but it was what he needed to do.”

Prior to assuming the South Tahoe coaching position, Amaral coached Whittell High School for nine seasons, including a state 2A championship in 2001 – his second season. His Whittell teams qualified for the regional tournament seven times and five made state appearances. In addition to the 2001 state title, his Warriors finished third in the state three tournament times and runner-up once.

South Tahoe will compete in the 3A-2A Mount Rose League in the spring, giving the program an opportunity to end a 16-year streak of not qualifying for the postseason.

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