McIntyre or Morgan to coach STHS football team
South Tahoe High has a new football coach, but the school won’t make an interview committee’s recommendation for that position public until next month.
Viking interim head coach Chris Morgan and junior varsity coach Todd McIntyre interviewed for the varsity position on Monday. However, athletic director Don Borges said the hiring wouldn’t be made public until after the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board votes on the recommendation Jan. 14.
“We have two good candidates,” Borges said.
The 44-year-old McIntyre was told Tuesday morning that he’d learn whether he got the position later in the day. However, McIntyre was never told who was hired.
McIntyre coached under longtime South Tahoe coach Tim Jaureguito for 11 years and was an assistant under Eric Beavers in 2001. He and Beavers coached the junior varsity along with Mike Patterson last year.
“I’ve been there a long time, and I decided last year if we pulled off five victories, I’d apply for the varsity job,” McIntyre said.
The Vikings’ junior varsity won six of nine games.
“I think I’m the best candidate and deserve the job, and that’s no reflection on Chris,” said McIntyre, a Humboldt State University receiver in 1980-81. “If it’s not me, my life will go along. I will work with the team in some capacity.”
Morgan became the varsity’s co-head coach with Rod Robison a day before practice began in August, when Beavers resigned under protest. The former STHS alum served as a defensive coordinator prior to becoming co-head coach and interviewed for the head coaching vacancy when Jaureguito resigned in 2000.
He declined to comment on Tuesday.
Beavers, a former University of Nevada standout quarterback, decided not to apply for the position because of the tension that had surfaced in the program since his resignation.
“I felt like there were too many strong feelings either for or against me for what I had done,” Beavers said. “I felt there was somebody else who could come in and be a neutral party and bring people back together again.
“I was more than happy to be part of it, but I just felt like we wouldn’t be able to unify the community, the coaching staff and the parents with me as the coach.”
Beavers believes McIntyre is the candidate that can unify the program again.
“When I originally interviewed for the job (in 2000), if Todd had wanted the job then, I never would have interviewed for the job,” Beavers said. “He deserves it and he’s earned it.”
Beavers, however, indicated that he hopes to be part of the program in the future.
“I’m willing to be part of something that I think is right,” he said. “If it’s done well and done with integrity, I’m hoping I can be a part of it.”
The Vikings haven’t won a game since a playoff victory in 2000.
The eight-member interview committee consisted of district administrators and coaches. STHS Principal Karen Ellis and Jack Stafford, vice principal and athletic administrator, weren’t part of the committee as they have been in the past.
“They abdicated their responsibility to Borges and let him run the committee,” said Beth Delacour, the school district’s human resources director.
The committee submitted its consensus choice to Ellis on Monday. Ellis, in turn, will submit that recommendation to the school board for approval on Jan. 14.
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