STHS banks on Proctor |

STHS banks on Proctor

Steve Yingling

Chris Proctor didn’t know if he’d get another shot at coaching the South Tahoe High boys’ basketball team.

He envisioned the next Viking boys’ basketball coach taking the job and holding onto it for the next quarter of a century like Tom Orlich had.

Although his family obligations made the decision difficult, Proctor was one of three candidates to apply for the job after Derek Allister resigned last spring.

On Tuesday night, Proctor became the eighth boys’ basketball coach in STHS history and only the third since the 1975-76 season.

“I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity,” Proctor said. “The timing was right and I’ve had a lot of parents who have asked me about the position. Once Derek resigned, that made it a lot easier to go for it when people are talking to you about it.”

Proctor also applied for the job when Orlich resigned in 2000. He served as a STHS JV boys’ basketball coach from 1998-2001 and girls’ varsity basketball coach from 2001-2003.

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“We had some good candidates; Chris stood out,” said STHS Athletic Director Don Borges. “He stood out not only in his knowledge of the game, but he knows Lake Tahoe, relates well to kids. He was the best fit for the basketball position.”

Despite his intense interest in the STHS job, Proctor needed to confer with his family about pursuing the position.

“Back when I was coaching the girls it would have been the dream job,” he said. “The thing that made me step back was family; the boys were 3 and 2 and I needed to step back and help out.”

But Proctor’s sons, Cole and Quinn, are of school age. They are part of a dream Proctor has of one day coaching them.

“It was very rewarding for Derek to coach K.J.,” Proctor said. “That my sons would be interested in doing the same thing and spending that time together would be very rewarding. So far with soccer I have been able to keep it under control. Coaching U5 and U6 soccer is like herding cats.”

Proctor, who is employed at Tahoe Fracture Clinic, will serve as an off-campus head coach – a situation very unfamiliar to the program since the past two coaches spent a combined 32 years teaching at the school.

“It’s important to have an on-campus presence – a coach to keep an eye on the boys and keep them in line,” Proctor said. “I’m trying to find teachers who are interested in helping.”

A meeting with potential players near the end of the school year was encouraging to Proctor as 16 student athletes were present.

“At my first team meeting for the girls only two girls showed up. To have that many boys show up, that was impressive. That really charged me up,” he said.

In addition to his high school coaching experience, Proctor played prepa ball in Indiana and played a season of junior college ball before transfering to Indiana University. At Indiana he took a basketball class from legendary coach Bobby Knight.

With many programs in the Northern 4A League months ahead of the Vikings in conditioning and teamwork, Proctor plans to get things rolling next month. Starting on July 10 from 2-4 p.m. players in the seventh through 12th grades will have a chance to participate in offseason workouts under Proctor in the blue gym.

“My big message for this summer is anybody who wants to get in shape to play basketball is welcome, even if they don’t have any intention of playing in the winter,” Proctor said. “I just want them to get in the gym. That will be real helpful.”

That energy has Borges excited about the future of the program.

“He knows the playing level of the 4A and it doesn’t start when you’re a freshman in high school. He knows it’s going to take some time to get going,” Borges said. “I see nothing but positives with Chris taking over the program.”