Rubel exits dugout at South Tahoe High School |

Rubel exits dugout at South Tahoe High School

Douglas Etten

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Expressing frustration in the South Tahoe High School administration and program goals, Rich Rubel resigned Friday from the head varsity baseball coaching position after a season where South Tahoe nearly appeared in their first postseason in 16 years.

Rubel’s one-year stint as manager for the Vikings was a rocky one. He was suspended for an alleged tobacco violation near mid-season. The former coach made mention of his stalemate with the athletics department and parents as a reason for parting ways after just one year.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to resign as the head varsity baseball coach at South Tahoe HS,” his letter to Lis Story, assistant athletic director at South Tahoe High School, said. “I have been around baseball for many years at all levels, and I must say this has been one of the most uncomfortable and stressful seasons of my career.”

South Tahoe came into the final week of the season with a shot at the NIAA 3A playoffs, but a needing a three game sweep of rival Sparks, they fell in the second game of the season to miss the postseason for the 16th consecutive season.

Rubel’s exit means the fourth coach in four years for South Tahoe who will now begin the search for a new head to the program for the 2012 season.

South Tahoe High School athletic director Don Borges was not available for comment.