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Beavers returns as an assistant to Viking football staff

Darin Olde, Tribune staff writer

Eric Beavers and South Tahoe High School administrators reached an agreement Tuesday that Viking football players and parents wanted all along.

Beavers, a star quarterback with the University of Nevada in the mid-1980s, will return to the Viking football coaching staff for 2002, but in a slightly different role than before.

“We had a real nice meeting with Eric (Tuesday), said STHS Vice Principal and Athletic Administrator Jack Stafford about his meeting with Beavers and STHS Principal Karen Ellis. “It appears that he will be returning to the JV squad as an assistant with coaches Todd McIntyre and Mike Patterson. I don’t know what position and what he’s going to be doing in that capacity.”



But being back with the program in any fashion is good enough for parents and players.

“We were hoping all along that the high school would come to their senses and allow Eric to come out and coach. He’s a good coach,” Patterson said Tuesday.



Patterson said he walked down the hill to the football field with Beavers Tuesday and watched the players light up.

“You could see that they were excited to see him just walking down,” he said.

Ironically, working with the JV program is the result Beavers wanted all along.

After proposing several solutions that ranged from eliminating the varsity team to having his JV coaches lead the varsity and he the JV, Beavers resigned two days before the first day of the football season.

Administrators said they were a public school that was governed by Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association rules and policies that would prohibit coaches from eliminating teams or choosing which players they would coach.

“As I said (before) I’ve never worked so hard to keep a man in a job in my life, but I have institutional restraints that I have to abide by,” Stafford said.

Beavers said Tuesday that he doesn’t bear any ill will toward the administration and that it was mutually understood that the problems which occurred were regrettable.

He said both he and the administration took some responsibility for how the situation unfolded.

“I think both they and I are both interested in improving the athletic program in a way so that this kind of thing won’t happen again, and hopefully some real good things will come out of this,” Beavers said.

Patterson said Beavers will work with the offensive line and defensive backs, and that he will call the defense. McIntyre is in charge of the offense.

“We all cheered. It was a pretty happy sight,” said Nick Garratt, a sophomore with the JV team about when Beavers announced he was returning to the coaching staff Tuesday afternoon. “Practices have been OK, but once he came, everything needs to be perfect. So we all just got fired up.”

The varsity and JV have a scrimmage at Galena on Saturday.


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