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Coach Jaureguito moves to girls basketball

Steve Yingling

Even though Tim Jaureguito will be coaching with a rounder ball and dealing with officials who hand out technical fouls instead of flags, he’s ready for the challenge of rebuilding the South Tahoe High girls basketball program.

Jaureguito, who has twice rebuilt the South Tahoe High football team during a 10-year coaching tenure, will make his debut as a Viking head basketball coach tonight at McQueen in Reno.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s been hectic, but I’m really enjoying it. I’m having as much fun coaching right now than I’ve had in a long time,” said Jaureguito, whose busy life includes a full-time counselor position at the school and a commitment to three family members. “This year has been a good year for me in terms of really enjoying coaching and going out and having a lot of fun.”

As long as Jaureguito doesn’t dwell on his young Viking squad’s won-loss record, it should remain fun. Only junior Courtney Wilson and Casey Hydrick return from Dave Barich’s 1996-97 zone-qualifying team. Barich resigned last spring.

“I expect us to go out and play to the best of our ability,” Jaureguito said. “I think if we go out and lose to a better team, well there’s no shame in doing that. But if we don’t play hard, then I’ll be really disappointed.

“I’m definitely not gonna take a look at the season now nor at the end of the season and base our success upon wins and losses. Our success is gonna be based on whether or not we went out and played to the best of our ability.”

As preoccupied as Jaureguito has been with football over the past two decades, there still has been time for several basketball coach ventures. He coached an eighth-grade boys basketball team in Reno for five years while going to college, then was a freshman boys basketball assistant at Bishop Manogue in Reno for a season and served as a boys varsity assistant for four years at Lowry prior to coming to STHS.

Jaureguito didn’t realize he missed coaching basketball until two years ago when he assisted his wife, Lisa, with the Viking girls frosh squad.

“I really enjoyed it because, for the most part, the group of girls I had was really coachable,” he said. “I thought I would give it a shot again because, basically, we’re looking at the same group of girls. I really enjoy their enthusiasm for the sport, and they’re very motivated.”

Rather than rely on his previous experience, Jaureguito has picked other basketball coaches’ brains for information that he may or may not use.

“It’s all coming back,” Jaureguito said. “I’ve gone over a lot of notes and rather than going to a book, it’s more important to talk to people that have and are coaching and take a variety of different philosophies and develop your own.”

Until the Vikings establish an offensive identity, Jaureguito plans to emphasize defense.

“I want to play great defense, that’s out philosophy,” Jaureguito said. “I know at first it’s gonna take us some time to go out and be great defensive players, but I am looking for the effort to play great defense.

“I think it’s very important that you be aggressive on a basketball court. If they can go out and be aggressive and play with intensity, I’ll be more than satisfied.”

Based on preseason workouts, Wilson and Melissa Maxwell are developing nicely into the aggressive players Jaureguito prefers.

“They have shown a great deal of aggressiveness and that’s definitely going to help in rebounding. I’m really pleased with their effort so far,” Jaureguito said.

Hydrick, Jenny Olson and Patty Martinez will be counted on to set the offense and break the full-court pressure because of their ball-handling skills.

“Our biggest enemy early on is gonna be inexperience, and so we’ll need to improve on a pretty regular basis. We need to be a much better team at the end of the season than we are right now.”

Rounding out the varsity roster are senior Jenny Olson and juniors Amy Brown, Lindsay Daugherty, Aly David, Tiffany Good, Katy Hayward, Brooke Hoppe and Joy Walker.

Jaureguito is assisted by Toni Compston and Rick Hydrick. Meanwhile, Cam Carmichael has taken over the junior varsity and Melissa Mizel oversees the freshman squad.

“The community is gonna have to be patient. What we’re tying to do here is try to build a program, and because it’s an entirely new coaching staff from the freshman coach right on through the varsity coaches, it’s gonna time some time. With patience I think we’ll have a good thing going here.”

With five playoff appearances in 10 seasons at the helm of the Viking football team, Jaureguito has proven that he’s a winner.

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