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STHS: Two coaches are better than one

Steve Yingling

South Tahoe High’s administration has approved what the Viking football players have known for the past year: The varsity team has two head coaches.

Todd McIntyre, the Vikings’ head coach for the past year, has affably agreed to surrender half of his coaching title to former head coach Eric Beavers.

“It’s just a name,” McIntyre said. “We’ve been doing it together anyways. It will be the same and he finally deserves that.”

Beavers served as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator last year and was the head coaching before resigning in 2002.

“Todd doesn’t have a real big ego and he’s more comfortable calling us co-head coaches,” Beavers said. “That’s fine if that’s what he’s most comfortable with.”

McIntyre worked with the Viking program for 14 years before being hired as the head coach last year. He reluctantly applied for the position following the 2002 season but did so to unify a struggling program.

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“Last year, I don’t think the administration was comfortable with it and now they are,” McIntyre said.

Beavers resigned his varsity post prior to the 2002 season because he didn’t want to coach players who hadn’t followed the team’s offseason conditioning program. When the administration couldn’t come up with a solution to his dilemma, Beavers reluctantly resigned.

Weeks later, Beavers was given the OK to assist with the JV team that McIntyre was coaching. Since then, McIntyre and Beavers have been inseparable and the Vikings have flourished. Their JV team won six games in 2002 and last year’s team advanced to the regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Reno by a touchdown.

“Basically they were co-head coaches last year … there’s not a lot of difference,” said senior linebacker Nick Garratt. “We don’t treat it as a head coach. We’re all one unit and we’re all working for one common reason … and that’s to win and be successful.”

Beavers said he wouldn’t have applied for the head coaching position in 2002 if coach “Mac” had done the same.

Athletic director Don Borges certainly is excited about his co- head coaches.

“It’s probably the most knowledgeable staff we’ve put together here,” Borges said.