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Everist steps down as Lakers athletic director

File photoScott Everist is stepping down as the North Tahoe High athletic director. He will remain the Lakers' head football coach and will take over as head coach of the Alpine ski team. He also will continue to teach social studies at the school.

After two years at the helm, North Tahoe High Athletic Director Scott Everist is simplifying his life.

With two young sons getting older by the minute and three other job titles at North Tahoe, Everist feels the need to prioritize, and will be relinquishing his athletic director title to focus more on his other jobs at the school ” including head football coach, head Alpine ski coach and social studies teacher.

Everist has been the Lakers’ athletic director for the past two years after taking over for Principal Bill Frey, who filled the position following Ed Turner’s resignation in 2003.

Frey said that North Tahoe has not finalized a replacement yet, but is talking to a few people within the school’s staff.

“I’m hoping to keep it inside [North Tahoe],” Frey said of the open position.

The relationship Everist had with the other coaches and his knowledge of Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association (NIAA) regulations that he brought from his coaching experience were major pluses he added to the Laker athletic department, Frey said.

Everist’s dedication to the department and to the academic needs of athletes who must travel to and compete with remote schools will be important for his replacement to match, among other things.

“They’ll need to have a love for athletics,” Frey said.

While the skills and dedication to the program were there, Everist said it was his own kids who took precedent.

The 37-year-old said that his family was the main reason for resigning from the demanding position.

With one son about to turn 6 and the other almost 5 years old, Everist is looking at four AYSO games a week on top of his other jobs at North Tahoe ” leaving little time for the consuming duties of athletic director.

“Between all that stuff my plate is pretty full,” Everist said.

During his two years in the position, Everist said his main challenge was the weather Laker athletic teams have to deal with. Between driving through winter storms and rescheduling sports due to lingering spring snowpack, the Sierra weather has been one of his biggest hurdles.

“I stayed up a lot of nights worrying about people getting home at night,” Everist said.

He said he is proud of the things that have been implemented during his tenure, including the new weight room and training center at the high school, as well as the scheduling system Everist implemented through http://www.highschoolsports.net, a Web site that keeps each Laker team’s schedules updated online.

And while transportation is always a challenge for any athletic director, Everist did what he could.

“My kids never missed a bus,” Everist said.

Everist is also proud of the progress that has been made with the North Tahoe Booster Club. While he was not the acting athletic director when the Booster formed just over two years ago, his role in refining the funding process the club uses has been instrumental.

“He is the most hands on athletic director we’ve ever had,” Booster Club board member David “Johnny B” Rutter said of Everist. “We’re going to miss him.”

Everist has worked as a liaison between the Booster Club and Laker coaches to pinpoint exactly what teams need and how the Booster Club can help fund those needs fairly.

He has streamlined the funding request process and almost single-handedly made sure coaches’ requests get to the Booster Club board and are explained properly.

“The main thing is being able to sit down with him. Scott was invaluable in helping with that,” Rutter said.

The steps that Everist has helped to implement between the athletic department at North Tahoe and the Boosters that fund it will be instrumental for his replacement. If the next person to fill the position chooses to pick up where he left off, they will hit the ground running.

“It’s not my accomplishment, but having that in place is awesome, it’s phenomenal,” Everist said of the relationship he has built between the two departments ” one that has seen around $200,000 donated to Laker athletics the last two-and-a-half years.

According to Frey, Everist has built good relationships with just about everyone he deals with ” from Laker coaches, to other schools, to the NIAA ” and that has been a big step for North Tahoe athletics.

But after spending much of his time organizing Laker athletics ” from scheduling games to hiring officials and reserving fields ” Everist is looking forward to putting more energy toward his real passion.

“I’m one of those people who likes to be out on the field coaching,” Everist said.

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