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Whittell hires new athletic director/dean of students

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

If the welcoming party at Whittell High School is thinking of a present for Brian Mehrer, it may want to consider buying him a hat rack.

The 39-year-old former counselor at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School counselor is going to be wearing many hats in Zephyr Cove.

Mehrer has been hired by Douglas County School District as Whittell’s new athletic director and dean of students.

In addition, the 15-year district employee, replaces Don Amaral as coach of the boys varsity basketball team.

“I’m a very organized person, so I’m not worried about (having enough time to do everything),” Mehrer said. “It will be a challenge getting to know all the kids and having new clientele and a new position.”

Mehrer’s predecessor, Matt Beckstead, left Whittell after one year to become a teacher/assistant football coach at Carson High School.

In addition to his counselor duties at Pau-Wa-Lu, Mehrer was the school’s disciplinarian and athletic director for the past year.

“I got a good taste of what it’s all about,” he said.

He’s a graduate of Jamestown College in North Dakota who received his masters degree at Montana State University. Mehrer served as a counselor at Carson Valley Middle School for seven years before his eight-year counseling stint at Pau-Wa-Lu.

Mehrer’s experience as a disciplinarian and athletic director helped him get the dual position at Whittell.

“A lot of them apply because they want the AD position and they don’t want the dean’s part of it,” said WHS Principal Mario Gatto. “The dean’s position is probably more important than the athletic part.

“The day-to-day discipline and attendance (tracking) and being in charge when I’m not here makes it really important to get someone in here who can fulfill those responsibilities. I think Brian is going to do a great job for us, and I’m excited to get him in here and get him going.”

Mehrer is also excited about his first varsity basketball coaching position. He has coached the Douglas High freshman team to a 99-51 record over the past eight years.

“I’ve been waiting a while for this,” he said. “I take basketball seriously myself … I grew up playing basketball, and my frosh teams at Douglas have been pretty successful.”

The public can meet Mehrer during a school booster club meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Whittell High library.

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