Jaureguito resigns football post for second time
Replacing a huge class of graduating seniors isn’t the only off-season obstacle confronting the South Tahoe High football program.
Tim Jaureguito, the architect of eight playoff berths in 13 seasons, has decided to resign as head football coach for the second time. However, Jaureguito will stay on as varsity girls basketball coach.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years. It’s not a decision that was just made overnight,” Jaureguito said. “I was trying to juggle two sports year-round, and I was just getting tired. And to be honest, I didn’t think I could do it this year.
“It’s just gotten to the point where I need to recharge and energize the batteries again. By no means am I ruling out coaching football again. I’m just taking a break.”
Jaureguito took a one-year respite from coaching following his seventh season in 1993. After Charlie Hoffman resigned following the 1994 season, Jaureguito returned to guide the Vikings for six more successful seasons.
South Tahoe hasn’t had a football coach produce so many wins since the school won back-to-back state titles in 1960-61. Jaureguito guided the Vikings to eight playoff berths, including a state runner-up finish in 1991. His 13-year record is 68-57.
“I’ll tell you right now we’re going to miss him,” said STHS Athletic Administrator Jack Stafford. “Tim is probably one of the most organized men I’ve ever met. His organizational skills are second to none.”
Who can fill Tim’s shoes
STHS Athletic Director Don Borges is pleased that he has only one position to fill instead of two.
“The bad news is that it creates a void in football, but he’s staying on as girls basketball coach and as counselor,” Borges said.
The school hopes to select a replacement as soon as possible. Jaureguito would like to see one of his longtime loyal assistants as a successor, but Stafford isn’t saying who the early favorite is.
“He’s going to be hard to replace, but I think we have a pool here. Hopefully somebody will step up and say I’d like to do that,” Stafford said.
“There’s any number of guys who could step up to the plate and do very well,” Jaureguito said.
Differing opinions with his players on what constituted commitment led to his first resignation. Yet, Jaureguito became a coach renown for getting the most out of his players.
“When you look at the schools we compete against, Tim’s done an incredible job. We’ve been blessed these last several years with some great athletes, but not the biggest athletes. He gets more out of less in terms of size probably than any coach in the Northern 4A,” Stafford said.
Disgruntled fans played part in resignation
As much as coaching burnout contributed to Jaureguito’s resignation, he said several other factors played a part in his decision.
Last season, an irate fan sent an anonymous letter to STHS Principal Karen Ellis demanding that the school fire the coach.
“There was a high school coach in North Carolina who was fired because during a halftime speech he implied that a kid should put a gun to his head. This letter comes to Karen and says, ‘You have the same type of coach at South Tahoe High School, so get rid of him.’ ” Jaureguito said. “I’ve never done anything to warrant that. I’ve never done anything in any way that I thought was going to be a detriment to the program, players or coaches.
“I’ve tried to motivate, but I don’t motivate in a negative way.”
The 47-year-old Jaureguito has also heard enough criticism from disrespectful fans.
“I hear the people in the stands just like anybody else. There are times when I hear people call my name out specifically in certain situations,” Jaureguito said.
After one home game last fall, Jaureguito was surprised when his 6-year-old daughter Maddison came to him and asked, “Dad, why are those people yelling your name like that?”
“I had to explain to her that I’m a public figure, basically,” Jaureguito said. “Because of that people are going to have certain expectations. If you don’t reach those expectations, it’s just like anything, you’re up to somebody saying something.
“Hey, we’re not in Texas. They’re not paying me $80,000 a year to coach football. If they were, maybe the would be justified in some of things they say.”
An excruciating one-point defeat to Wooster in October that cost the Vikings the Sierra Division title also took away some of the luster of coaching football. The Vikings gave up the go-ahead touchdown with 54 seconds left, but moved the ball into field goal range in the final seconds. Jaureguito decided to try one more play – which was intercepted – rather than try a difficult 43-yard field goal.
“That Wooster game was tough loss for me. I didn’t sleep for days,” Jaureguito said. “I don’t know if we made the right decisions as coaches, so that played a big part in my thoughts.”
The “free” time will allow Jaureguito to devote more time to his daughter’s activities.
“I actually told my wife (Lisa) that maybe I’ll try coaching soccer. Maddison is getting involved in the youth soccer program. I only got to see one of her games this year, and I feel it’s something I need to do,” Jaureguito said.
The additional time will also enable Jaureguito to improve his girls basketball team.
“In all fairness to the girls, I didn’t think I was giving them everything that they needed,” he said. “I will be with these girls for at least another year, if not more. I made that commitment to those girls and I believe in following through.”
Jaureguito’s career record at STHS
Year W L
1987 3 5
1988 1 8
1989 6 3
1990 8 2
1991 10 2
1992 5 5
1993 4 5
1995 2 6
1996 5 5
1997 6 4
1998 4 5
1999 6 4
2000 8 3
Totals 68 57
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