Tillson to reapply for STHS baseball position
July 22, 2009
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 coaching last year by taking over at Galena High School in Reno.
“He’s pretty set. He has a good thing going at Galena,” said Ralph Clelan, a South Lake Tahoe resident who has coached with McNutt for 16 years.
McNutt is uncertain how many more seasons he will continue in high school baseball.
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“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.
A new Lake Tahoe Unified School District coaching evaluation policy gives Tillson the opportunity to reapply for his position. Only coaches who are dismissed from their position or receive a poor evaluation must reapply for their job.
Tillson indicated on Tuesday that he will fill out an application for his former position.
“I’m definitely going to reapply,” Tillson said. “Because of the support of the community, and if I go out, I want to go out on my own terms.”
Don Amaral announced last month that he would apply for the job.
South Tahoe Athletic Director Don Borges divulged on Tuesday that the school district has yet to receive an applicant for the position. Borges said applicants need to go to ltusd.org and click on the job opportunities header to begin the process.
Clelan, who managed the South Tahoe program for three seasons in the 1990s, doesn’t have an interest in the job due to the obligations of running a family business and his perception that STHS has a facilities disadvantage compared to other schools.
“If they had their own field, I absolutely would be interested,” Clelan said. “You can’t run a high school program without your own field. You go anywhere else, and there are two or three fields (at the school).
South Tahoe plays its games at Todd Fields, a city-owned and maintained complex near South Tahoe Middle School.
“I don’t want to fight with the city and the kids for our field. If they had one, that would be one of the biggest things in the world,” Clelan said.
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 desiring to return as a high school baseball coach.