No one can fault McIntyre, Beavers for choosing families over coaching
More families should be as fortunate as the McIntyres and Beavers are this week.
Coaching a high school program these days is tantamout to overseeing a college program. From film evaluation, game planning, fund-raising, counseling, summer ball, spring ball, practices and weight training, coaches can see very little of the people closest to them.
South Tahoe High co-football coaches Eric Beavers and Todd McIntyre have been no different. They have poured their hearts and souls into the Viking program year after year while their loved ones wondered when they’d see them next.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, but I knew it was something that I needed to do right now,” McIntyre, who has a 10-year-old daughter Shelby and 6-year-old son Brady. “After 21 years in football I just want to spend time with my family.”
Beavers’ young son Emerson tagged along with dad following the Vikings’ home games this season, but their time together had to be strained during the season, especially when coaches routinely put in two to three hours at practice and then watch film afterward to develop their game plans. Oh, let’s not forget that Beavers is a history and philosophy teacher and there was more work to be done once he got home.
You see more and more coaches resigning today to be with their families. Coaches are realizing before it’s too late that their own children should come before the players at the local school.
The real struggle for coaches who love their profession is that they realize that their window of coaching opportunity is almost as finite as the childhoods of their children.
McIntyre and Beavers will most likely return to coaching one day, but will they ever become head coaches again? Probably not. Assistant coaches can call it a day after practice and spend the evenings with their families. Head coaches have all of the responsibility on their shoulders and don’t know when to say when.
With the pressures to succeed and keep up with other teams, high schools should strongly consider hiring more single coaches. They have more time to do what is expected of a coach nowadays and usually don’t mind the long hours.
Of course South Tahoe doesn’t need an additional impediment when choosing its next coach. The Vikings will be hard-pressed to find two better coaches than Beavers and McIntyre.
They are great role models and men who really cared about the STHS program. The levelheaded McIntyre showed hundreds of local young men how to act under fire and Beavers has demonstrated to them that success comes from hard work, preparation and teamwork. I’ll miss McIntyre’s offensive creativity and passion to outthink the defense. How many times have fans second-guessed McIntyre’s playcalling in the past five to 10 years?
They’ll be missed, but South Tahoe has been pretty fortunate in selecting football coaches over the past decade and a half. The next one will feel some pressure to follow the likes of Tim Jaureguito, McIntyre and Beavers, but they will have the support to get the job done.
Who it will be is anybody’s guess. In the pro game, assistant coaches are hot commodities, while in the college game, coaches switch addresses as often as teen-agers change boyfriends and girlfriends.
South Tahoe has had several dedicated assistants over the years, such as Mike Makley and Mike Patterson, and there are a number of them the school could go after at successful Washoe Valley programs like McQueen and Reed.
As for existing head coaches, maybe a phone call to Bob Shaffer, coach of the state champion Truckee Wolverines, wouldn’t hurt.
Needless to say, it won’t be easy to replace Beavers and McIntyre, but their families need them more than STHS does.
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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