STHS goes with McIntyre |

STHS goes with McIntyre

Todd McIntyre, right, is STHS's new

varsity football coach. McIntyre has played a major role in shaping the Viking offense over the past decade|Tribune file|.

South Tahoe High football players learned on Friday that Todd McIntyre will lead them into the 2003 varsity season.

The longtime Viking assistant coach informed players of his promotion to varsity coach during a school weight training class. McIntyre and 2002 co-head coach Chris Morgan were interviewed for the job last Monday by an eight-person committee.

The 44-year-old McIntyre can’t comment on the hiring until the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board approves the committee’s coaching recommendation during its Jan. 14 meeting.

Returning players greeted the news of McIntyre’s hiring with enthusiasm.

“We already know that we can win with him coaching, so it will give us some confidence,” said sophomore quarterback Mikey Van Gorden. “It makes me more relaxed because I had him as a coach last year and I just know how he does things.”

Van Gorden directed the junior varsity Vikings to a 6-3 season in 2002 with McIntyre serving as his head coach.

McIntyre started his run as a Viking football coach in 1989 as a varsity assistant under Tim Jaureguito. He served as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator in 1990-91, with South Tahoe winning the Nevada 4A Northern Zone title during the latter season.

He became the Vikings’ offensive coordinator in 1992 and remained in that position in 1993. In 1994 he coached the STHS freshman team before moving back to varsity defensive coordinator in 1995.

From 1996 through 2001 he was STHS’s offensive coordinator.

“He’s just a genius when it comes to offense and he really knows how to coach us,” said STHS sophomore running back Brent Abrams. “He really knows his stuff.”

Last year, he became JV head coach when Eric Beavers resigned his varsity post under protest a day before fall practice began.

“He’s been up there longer than any other coach that’s up there, and he deserves it,” Jaureguito said. “He was a great assistant, and I can’t say enough about him.

“He’s finally realized it’s time to take over and run that program, and I think he’ll do a great job. Parents and the community can appreciate his (hiring) because they are familiar with him and they know what to expect from him.”

McIntyre’s biggest impression on Jaureguito was his diligence and eagerness to prepare for opponents.

“He’s the kind of guy who can sit down and watch hours and hours of film. He would sit down with the kids and watch film, watch it with the staff and take film home,” Jaureguito said. “He can size up an opponent and be one step ahead of them.”

The junior varsity was explosive last year as Van Gorden passed for 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“He’s helped me a lot with my throwing, play-action fakes and all kinds of things,” Van Gorden said. “I think he can definitely get kids to the next level.”

Prior to coming to South Tahoe, McIntyre was Cal State Northridge’s receivers coach in 1985-86. After playing wide receiver for Humboldt State in 1980-81, McIntyre was an assistant coach at Blair and Muir high schools in Pasadena, Calif.

Junior running back Grant Swinney isn’t enrolled in the weight lifting class where the announcement was made Friday, but he was pleased to hear who his new coach will be next season.

“He deserves it,” Swinney said. “I’m pretty optimistic because the JV did really well and that’s what we’re getting plus (next year’s) seniors. Hopefully we can win a fair amount of games.”

STHS hasn’t won a varsity game since a 2000 playoff victory over Galena. McIntyre’s Vikings will began the 2003 season with a 19-game losing streak.

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