New district policy allows Tillson to reapply for position |

New district policy allows Tillson to reapply for position

A new Lake Tahoe Unified School District policy for reviewing coaches will enable former South Tahoe High School baseball coach Matt Tillson to reapply for his job.

Tillson was removed from his position last Thursday after serving five seasons as the school’s varsity coach. In two of the seasons, Tillson’s teams set a school mark with 13 victories.

School board members recently passed a policy that empowers STHS to reopen a coaching position when administrators are unhappy with the performance of a coach but gives that coach a chance to be reconsidered for their position. Athletic administrators are responsible for reviewing coaches after each season, pointing out strengths and weaknesses before deciding if they want to remove that coach and reopen the job.

Tillson was unavailable for comment on Monday while on a St. Theresa School field trip at Yosemite.

Tillson said he was fired last Thursday because of his confrontations with umpires. He had been thrown of four games, including the league opener at Carson High in March. The school showed its displeasure for Tillson’s latest tossing by slapping him with an additional two-game suspension.

While hiring a new football coach is more pressing to the school with its season less than three months away, South Tahoe Athletic Director Don Borges said that he hopes to have the baseball position filled by the end of summer.

“I would be hoping to have the baseball position deadline in mid-August when I have time to assemble an interview team,” he said.

Tillson’s removal as baseball coach has touched off a landslide of support on his behalf.

On Monday, an e-mail sent by a South Tahoe Babe Ruth board member was encouraging members of the baseball community to show their support of Tillson by phoning LTUSD Superintendent Jim Tarwater, STHS Principal Ivone Larson and Borges. The e-mail also suggested attending Tuesday evening’s school board meeting and commenting about the matter during public discussion.

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