McNutt denies applying for STHS baseball job |

McNutt denies applying for STHS baseball job

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Ron McNutt has put to rest the rumors that have been circulating throughout the South Lake Tahoe baseball community this month.

McNutt, the present Galena High coach, said on Monday afternoon that he has no interest in the vacant South Tahoe High baseball position.

“I sure didn’t apply,” he said. “I’m very happy at Galena High School.”

In 2004, McNutt retired after 29 seasons at Carson High School, where he won 659 games, two state championships and 12 league titles. The state’s all-time winning coach returned to high school ball last year by taking over at Galena High School in Reno. He is uncertain how many more seasons he will continue in high school baseball.

“It’s tough to answer. I just don’t know,” he said. “It’s hard to say if it will be 9-10 years or five years. I love baseball and I love kids. As long as I’m healthy and enjoy working with the kids, I want to continue.”

South Tahoe High dismissed fifth-year coach Matt Tillson on June 4 because of his conduct with umpires. Tillson was tossed from four games during his coaching career at STHS and was given an additional two-game suspension by the school last season.

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A new Lake Tahoe Unified School District coaching evaluation policy gives Tillson the opportunity to reapply for his position.

One coaching candidate for the vacant position is clear. Don Amaral announced last month that he would apply for the job. Amaral resurrected the Whittell baseball program earlier this decade, leading the Warriors to the 2003 state championship. Amaral resigned his Whittell post in 2008 and spent the past season as an assistant coach at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. The year away from the high school game showed Amaral where he belongs.

“I miss the experience … the kids, teaching, helping them out, asking them where they are going to college, and if they are a prospect, trying to find them a spot,” Amaral has said as his reasons for wanting to return as a high school baseball coach.

STHS Athletic Director Don Borges has said that the district’s new coaching evaluation policy creates something that sports thrive on.

“It’s a good thing, the system we have. It’s all about competition,” he said.

Borges was unavailable for comment on the STHS coaching position on Monday.