Vikings select Pack record-setter to replace Jaureguito
Eric Beavers directed the University of Nevada Wolf Pack to many victories and titles as their quarterback. Now the 36-year-old gets the opportunity to see if he can guide South Tahoe High to wins as a coach.
“That’s terrific. I think Eric will be an excellent head coach,” said Nevada Athletic Director Chris Ault, who coached Beavers with the Wolf Pack from 1983 to 1986. “If Eric Beavers the coach is anything like he was as a player, he’ll be very, very consistent. This guy has been a doer and an achiever.”
South Tahoe selected Beavers from a three-canidate pool to replace Tim Jaureguito, who resigned after 13 seasons in December. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District approved Beavers’ hiring on Tuesday night.
“This is somebody who we’re very excited about running the program,” said STHS Athletic Director Don Borges, who worked with Beavers as an assistant coach in 1999. “When he takes charge of something and puts his signature on it, those kids know. I can’t tell you how well-prepared his kids were and how they listened and how they responded to what he had to say. He’s a leader.”
Beavers led the Wolf Pack to three conference titles and into the NCAA Division 1-AA playoff semifinals three times.
“Eric was an outstanding player for us,” Ault said. “He was on our first championship team and we won 40 games with him at quarterback. He’s probably as competitive a player who ever played at this university.”
Beavers knows what dedication and sacrifices he made to become a winner, and feels he can do the same for his STHS players.
“I know what kind of commitment it takes to be the best, and not that I was, but I know what it takes to win,” said Beavers, who still holds Pack records for career TD passes (78) and completions (642). “I feel like I can ask people to make that kind of commitment because I know I did it. I’m not going to ask them to do something I didn’t do. There was a time when I put time in and it paid off.”
The record-setting Pack quarterback of the mid-1980s brings a wealth of assistant coaching experience to the position. After his own athletic career ended in 1986, Beavers became a graduate assistant for one season at UNR.
His first coaching experience convinced Beavers that college coaching was for him. However, after spending one year as a graduate assistant at UCLA, Beavers reassessed his coaching goals.
“I just decided after UCLA it was too much of a business,” he said. “I wasn’t comfortable with that aspect of it. I wanted it to be more of a game than the business that it was.”
Consequently, Beavers refocused on coaching and teaching at the high school level. His resume as an assistant coach includes stops at Woodland High in Woodland, Calif.; Davis High in Davis, Calif.; and Terra Linda High in San Rafael, Calif. Beavers also served as a junior varsity head coach for one season at Woodland.
“I wanted to teach and I enjoy coaching football, but I didn’t feel I necessarily had to become a head coach,” said Beavers, who teaches world and U.S. history at STHS. “I enjoy the game, the kids and the camaraderie you get working with other people who are working hard at it.”
For the past two seasons, Beavers has overseen the Vikings’ defensive secondary.
“Who better to look at defenses than the quarterback,” said Jack Stafford, STHS athletic administrator and vice principal. “He was real good with our secondary because he knew all the keys and the things to look for and he would help our kids immensely just with his expertise.”
The expertise, however, that he passed on to his defensive players amounted to more than what players receive in most programs.
“Normally in high school, the defense is in a two-deep zone or a three-deep zone or man coverage. But he had kids reading receivers, and I had never seen this before,” Borges said.
Even though the Vikings are taking a heavy hit from graduation, Beavers sees no reason why STHS can’t remain competitive in a 4A league that is dominated by Reno powerhouses McQueen and Wooster.
“Our goal is to create a championship atmosphere,” Beavers said. “We’re going to work out in the off-season like we’re going for a championship. The level of talent is hard to control. All I ask is that the kids work as hard as they can and see what happens.”
Beavers is pleased that Jaureguito’s core of assistants will remain on the staff.
“I’m happy that we can keep the staff together that Tim had because it’s a talented group and I’m looking forward to working with them,” Beavers said.
To join McQueen and Wooster as the elite football teams in Northern Nevada, Beavers believes his Vikings need to work harder in the weight room and improve the freshman and junior varsity programs.
After four playoff appearances in the past five years, STHS’s administration isn’t expecting any miracles from Beavers next season.
“There is absolutely no pressure from this administration or from this athletic department. Wins and losses, sure everybody likes to win, but we know we’re going to be going through rebuilding,” Stafford said. “Wins and losses aren’t an issue … are the kids learning, is the program healthy, do we have good participation, is their sportsmanship?”
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