STHS proceeds with finding a new football coach |

STHS proceeds with finding a new football coach

Hanifan showed interest in the postion years ago
Steve Yingling

Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s approval of athletic funding for 2005-06 has enabled South Tahoe High to proceed with its search for a new football coach.

Vikings’ Athletic Director Don Borges said the opening will soon be posted on the school district Web-site and he hopes to have a new coach by the end of March.

“We want to have a coach named so he can start working with the kids,” Borges said. “I have kids and parents excited about getting on with this program. The further we wait, the further we are behind.”

Offseason conditioning and weight training have become an important part of preparing prep football teams for their seasons. Some potential STHS players have been working out, but not the collective effort that the team has seen in recent years under former co-head coaches Todd McIntyre and Eric Beavers.

Beavers and McIntyre guided the Vikings to their second straight playoff appearance last November. They announced their resignations at the team’s postseason banquet, citing a need to spend more time with their families.

Ideally, Borges said, the school will land a coach that is a college graduate, experienced coaching success and has varsity experience on both sides of the football.

However, the school will be hard-pressed to land an on-campus coach unless someone currently on staff applies for the position. With the school district in the midst of another year of budget cuts, Borges won’t be able to hire a teacher/football coach.

“If the (person) coaches football and teaches French, we have a possibility,” Borges said. “The district is also looking for a superintendent and a crossing guard.”

Borges said the Vikings may even consider a former NFL coach for the position if he’s still interested. Jim Hanifan, one of the most respected offensive line coaches in NFL history, once told a former STHS coach that his dream job would be to coach at South Tahoe once he retired.

Hanifan, who coached in the NFL for 31 years, retired in 2003. The two-time Super Bowl winner who has a home on Echo Summit was unavailable for comment on Thursday.

“I’ll put the feelers out, but we’d be happy with someone with a pulse and blood flow,” Borges joked.

The Vikings have a successful football history, including a pair of state championships in the early 1960s, a regional championship in 1991 and a state runner-up finish in 1991. Naturally, Borges and Quarterback Club President Mark Garratt want to continue that tradition.

“The main part is that we need someone that not only has a technical knowledge of football but the kind of guy who is able to manage the program from the varsity down to the mighty mites (in Pop Warner),” Garratt said late last year when the position opened.

Borges and his selection committee will recommend the hiring of the new coach to the district by the end of the month in the best-case scenario.

“That would be hustling, but that would give the coach April, May and June to get the troops rounded up and get a coaching staff named,” he said.

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