Shaffer Carson wrestling coach
October 20, 2016
Keith Shaffer, who is no stranger to wrestling in Northern Nevada, was announced this week as Carson High's new wrestling coach.
Shaffer, now a civil engineer in Carson City, is a 1981 Douglas High School graduate. He was a two-time regional champ and four-time state tournament runner-up for the Tigers. He was inducted into the Douglas Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1985.
Shaffer moves in to the Carson post replacing Justin Shine, who resigned after last season. He takes over a program that has won seven of the last eight Sierra League championships.
"Blair (Roman, Carson athletic director) asked me if I would consider doing it (applying)," Shaffer said Monday night. "When I was going to college, I either wanted to teach math and coach or be an engineer. I've been doing the latter for the last 25 years or so. I'm kind of excited to do it.
"Carson is a great place with a great tradition in wrestling as well as football, basketball and baseball."
And, Roman is happy to have filled the spot.
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"He wrestled for a long time," said Roman, who is also a Douglas graduate. "He brings a lot of experience to the position, and I think he'll do just fine. The thing with me, the No. 1 thing I want in a head coach, is someone who is a positive role model for kids. The second thing is coaching experience and what he brings to the table. He will be a great role model to the kids."
Shaffer wrestled at Ricks College in Idaho and then at BYU, plus he coached one year of wrestling in Utah. He has coached various youth sports in the area, including soccer, basketball and football.