STHS football coaches resign |

STHS football coaches resign

By Steve Yingling

Tribune sports editor

Before the 2004 high school football season, South Tahoe took a unique step in making Eric Beavers and Todd McIntyre co-coaches of the Viking program.

Four months later, the Vikings don’t have either coach to lead the team into the 2005 season. The co-coaches announced their resignations during the team’s annual postseason banquet on Sunday at the Horizon Casino Resort.

Both cited a desire to spend more time with their families as the main reason for stepping down.

“I’m not discouraged or mad at anybody. After 21 years I just want to spend time with my family,” said McIntyre, who has a 10-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.

McIntyre wrote his letter of resignation several weeks ago.

Beavers didn’t return a phone call to the Tribune on Monday, but he has a young boy as well.

South Tahoe High Athletic Director Don Borges is waiting for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District board to accept the resignations before he can proceed with a search for a new head coach. Borges also can’t comment on the resignations until the school district accepts them.

The school could be limited in its search because of the district’s budget problems. In previous years teachers have been laid off and few new ones have been hired.

McIntyre, a 16-year coach with the program, became the school’s head coach in 2003. He led the Vikings to second place in the Sierra Division and into the regional semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Reno.

This fall, the Vikings were decimated by injuries and struggled on defense, but the team still finished fourth in their division and qualified for the postseason for the second straight season.

“I’ve enjoyed the past two years,” McIntyre said. “(Becoming a head coach) is not something I ever set out to do. The circumstances led to that and it was a great experience.”

Although McIntyre is out of football now, he expects to eventually return to the game.

“I don’t anticipate being a head varsity football coach again, but football is in my blood. I’m sure I’ll come back and coach again in some capacity,” McIntyre said. “I love the game. I enjoy the strategy, being around the players, the camaraderie, everything that goes along with football.”

Beavers, the former signal-caller for the Nevada Wolf Pack, has had two stints as a Vikings’ varsity head coach. He entered the program as an assistant to Tim Jaureguito before becoming head coach in 2001.

His firm belief in accountability and commitment of players caused team numbers to decline toward the end of a winless season in 2001. He was forced to resign prior to the 2002 season when the school administration said he had to allow players who hadn’t participated in an offseason training program to join the team.

Beavers was eventually permitted to coach that season at the junior varsity level with McIntyre. They both moved up to varsity the following season, with Beavers’ assuming responsibility for the defense.

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