STHS has coach J’s successor right under its nose |

STHS has coach J’s successor right under its nose

If a high school is going to mess up filling a coaching vacancy, it doesn’t want that botched hiring to be a high-profile position like football.

South Tahoe High has a coaching vacancy in football for the first time in six years and all indications are that the school will promote within.

And why not? The Vikings have a stable of very knowledgeable assistants who are capable of filling the shoes of Tim Jaureguito, who recently resigned after a second coaching stint at the school lasted six years.

Even though Jack Stafford, STHS administrator of athletics, isn’t saying, the leading candidates appear to be offensive coordinator Todd McIntyre and former record-setting Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Eric Beavers.

Assistants Mike Makley, Bill Tinlin, Jim Morgan and Chris Morgan are also under consideration, but they didn’t have as much responsibility as McIntyre during their apprenticeships under Jaureguito.

This hiring is as fragile as a new windowpane being hauled up a bumpy road in the back of a pickup. With the depth of assistants, Stafford and athletic director Don Borges must take care in finding a replacement. They don’t want the whole pack to flee to another school.

“Our hope is that we can keep as much of that coaching staff together because they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table,” Stafford said.

All indications are that Stafford will hire within – especially considering the respect he has for the present coaching staff.

“I will go on any record, as far as I’m concerned there isn’t a better varsity 4A coaching staff in the league. Those people deserve the courtesy of a looksy because they are some really talented people,” Stafford said. “I’d rather not give names, but there are several who I would like to take a long, hard look at.”

McIntyre deserves the longest look since he has remained loyal to the program as an assistant throughout the 1990s. He also is young, innovative and adept at implementing offensive schemes based on the talent available.

When McIntyre helped bring the West Coast offense at STHS four years ago, the Northern Nevada 4A League was Wing-T oriented. Now, the league has opened up and STHS’s willingness to experiment has kept it among the top four programs in the league.

McIntyre also has experience as a head coaching, having served as Viking baseball coach for several years.

But surely Borges and Stafford don’t want to see another local program get the equally talented Beavers.

Beavers, who joined Jaureguito’s staff in 1999 as a defensive backs coach, has dabbled in coaching since accumulating the best numbers ever by a Nevada quarterback from 1983 to 1986. The four-year starter passed for 8,629 yards, 78 touchdowns and completed 642 passes. Beavers still holds Pack records in all three categories, and was selected into the Nevada Hall of Fame in 1999.

More importantly, Beavers’ teams won two Big Sky championships and advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA playoff semifinals three times. He’s a winner and has supplemented the football knowledge gained under Chris Ault at Nevada by serving as a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years and as an assistant coach in San Rafael, Calif.

The media-savvy Jaureguito isn’t saying who he prefers as a successor, but he understandably wants to see one of his assistant promoted.

“I don’t think it would be fair to any one of them to say one person is more ready than another person,” Jaureguito said. “Ideally, it would be best to select somebody within the program, but there is a process that they’ll go through. If they feel that person from within isn’t qualified enough, they can go outside the district as well.

“If they decide to go within, I’ll tell you, I’ve been really fortunate to get the people I’ve gotten to coach on this staff. To be very honest, the administration has allowed it to happen because when jobs were open, they saw fit to fill those openings, with not only great teachers, but very good coaches as well. There are any number of guys who could step up to the plate and do very well.”

The last time Jaureguito resigned – following the 1993 season – the Vikings promoted one of his assistants, defensive coordinator Charlie Hoffman. But that promotion ended in chaos when the school pressured Hoffman to resign after one season.

McIntyre was overlooked last time, but it’s time for him to take over a program he’s brought success to for the past decade.

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