Vikings hire Proctor as girls basketball coach
Tim Jaureguito laid the groundwork for returning South Tahoe High girls basketball program to respectability. Now it’s up to Chris Proctor to return the Vikings to the postseason.
Last month, Lake Tahoe Unified School District approved the hiring of Proctor, who coached the Vikings’ boys junior varsity team the past four years.
“It’s a good group of girls, and I’m really excited,” said Proctor, who has worked as a rehab manager for the past five years at Emerald Bay Physical Therapy.
Jaureguito resigned last spring. During his final season, which concluded with the Vikings losing a zone play-in game with Wooster, Jaureguito commuted from Bishop Manogue High in Reno for daily practices and twice-weekly games.
“I can’t imagine how hard that had to have been,” Proctor said. “He’d come up here with the family for practice. I give him credit for doing that when a lot people would have gone on and quit.”
As a first-time varsity coach at STHS, Proctor quickly learned that his responsibilities have increased beyond setting up practices and calling time-outs.
“I inherited the team on June 11 and I inherited all of the fund-raising that was already set up,” he said.
As STHS’s Athletic Director, Don Borges has watched Proctor grow as a coach under former boys varsity mentor Tom Orlich and current boys varsity coach Derek Allister.
“We’re very, very happy with Chris taking over the girls program,” Borges said.
Only six players turned out for his first team meeting, but that total doubled by the time the Vikings started off-season workouts.
“The hardest part is when girls hear a coach is leaving a program there are going to be some bumps,” Proctor said. “My biggest focus with the girls who showed up for our team meeting was telling them that it was their job to go to school and tell all the girls who haven’t played since middle school or have any interest in coming out, to please do so.
“I want to see as many girls out there as possible, skills or no skills.”
Proctor’s positive approach has quickly earned him some points with returner Brittany Schneider, a junior.
“When I heard that it was him, I was really happy. I saw him coaching the JV boys and I thought he was really good,” Schneider said. “I don’t feel so tense when he’s coaching. I feel more confident. He makes it fun to want to play.”
Proctor will be assisted by Jeff Zellner, Melissa Hodgins and Douglas Flores. Flores was a member of the Vikings’ 1992 state championship team.
South Tahoe finished 13-13 last season and lost star players Lindsay Hitt, Beth Hickman and Amy Carter to graduation. Even so, Proctor is comfortable with the players he has coming back and coming into the program.
“Four quality experienced people are coming back, two girls from the JV are real close to being starters,” he said. “In a way it’s a building year, but I’m very excited. The dedication is definitely there, and that’s probably a big testament to Tim.”