Doerr at home in recreation (and kitchen)
Scott Doerr says he feels fortunate to have been able to pursue his passions for cooking and sports during a lifetime trail that has led to his latest role as recreation coordinator for the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department.
Along the way, Doerr played Division I college football at Colorado State and went on to a career in the restaurant industry, including a stretch from 1997-2014 when he was owner of B’Sghetti’s Restaurant’s Inc. and then Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint in downtown Carson City.
He has exchanged a football helmet and chef’s hat, though, and now feels perfectly at home in the recreation coordinator position he began at the start of this year after Anthony Davis retired.
Doerr’s responsibilities that entail supervision of such adult and youth sports programs as flag football, basketball and adult volleyball, plus coed and men’s slow-pitch softball. The recreation department is also looking to start a new adult soccer league this spring.
“I couldn’t be happier; to me, this is a great situation,” said Doerr, who has been with the parks and recreation department two years overall. “It’s (recreation sports) truly the best part of a lot of people’s day. It’s healthy physical activity and gets people out in the community.”
Among the projects currently underway, is to bring back an adult basketball league. Regular registration will continue through Friday. Doerr said this past week that four teams were registered, although he hopes to add more teams before the season begins on March 25 with games at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center. The recreation department offered adult basketball league play in the past (games were played at Carson Valley Middle School), however, the program has been inactive in recent years.
He added that an attempt is being made to bring back an adult women’s softball league which was dropped last year due to lack of interest, but had been a Carson Valley fixture dating to the early 1970s.
Over the years, Doerr has been involved in recreation basketball and softball as a participant and coached in the youth programs. He coached in the NFL Youth Flag Football League last fall for a Seahawks team that won the seventh-eighth grade league championship.
The youth programs hold special significance to Doerr, who is a firm believer that sports help develop good character and a love for the game that youngsters can carry through the rest of their lives.
“It is a blast to coach; it is a privilege and not a right,” he said. “I have extremely high expectations from volunteers because the work they do could impact a child for the rest of their life, so it needs to be a positive experience. It ultimately has to be an enjoyable experience. If the kids want to continue playing, that tells if you did the job right.
“I feel that a volunteer coach’s interaction with the kids helps shape their love of the game,” he said. “Whatever you’re able to pass on as a coach … it could be your interaction with the referees or it could be your sportsmanship, they’re going to model themselves after that.”
Doerr is able to call on his own background as an athlete, from his days at Wenatchee High School in Washington and later during three football seasons (1988-90) as a 6-foot-6, 265 pound offensive tackle at Colorado State University. In 1990, he started at left tackle for a Colorado State team during a season in which the Rams compiled a 9-4 record, finished second in the Western Athletic Conference and then capped it all off with a 32-31 victory against Oregon at the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim, Calif. That bowl appearance was Colorado State’s first in 41 years.
Earl Bruce, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002 (154-90-2 record and the coach who replaced Woody Hayes at Ohio State), directed a high powered staff in 1990 that included current Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, who worked with the Rams’ wide receivers at that time.
“I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to play for a lot of good coaches and learn a lot from them as far as helping mold my own philosophies,” Doerr said of his athletic experiences.
While there are many great memories from those days, it’s the life lessons that he continues to apply to his daily life that are more important.
“I want to make sure that is not the only thing that defines me as a person,” said Doerr, who graduated from Colorado State in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management. “I would much rather be known as a positive mentor, coach, business person, and volunteer for the community and the people that I connect with.”
Oh, and by the way, Doerr’s restaurant expertise is still called on occasionally as part of a small staff at the community & senior center.
“I’ll go in the kitchen from time to time, so I still wear a hair net,” he said laughing. “I’ll do whatever it takes … we all will. Everyone from every department helps each other out.”
Doerr said that he feels fortunate to be able to work with numerous quality facilities that include Stodick Park, where NFL Youth Flag Football League games are played in the fall, Ranchos Aspen Park for adult flag football, Lampe Park for adult slow-pitch softball, and in December 2014, the community & senior center opened to offer a wide range of additional activities.
“I feel honored to have the opportunity to work in this facility,” he said. “It’s just an amazing structure; we walk people through here every day who are just floored that a facility like this is available to this community.
“And it’s not just sports and recreation,” he went on. “We hope to touch everyone’s life in the community and I think we’re doing a pretty good job with the activities and everything.”