Truckee community remembers Coach Shaffer

The town of Truckee is mourning the loss of a beloved football coach.

Sunday night the Truckee community mourned the loss of a beloved football coach.

Bob Shaffer was known as much for the role he played in the community as he was for his 18 year football coaching career at Truckee's high school.

He was killed Saturday night in a head on wreck on Highway 89, about 20 miles outside of Truckee. He was in the car with his wife and son, both of who survived. 

Outside Truckee High School's Surprise Stadium a makeshift memorial grows for Coach Shaffer. Former students, athletes and friends paid their respects to the late coach, writing notes and leaving flowers. Coach Shaffer had retired from coaching football but came back this season to coach track. His runner, Madison Earley, said she saw Coach Shaffer on Saturday right before he was killed.

"He picked you up when you were feeling down, believed in you when you didn't believe in yourself," Earley said.

She said it is hard to cope, knowing Coach Shaffer will not be in the hallway on Monday.

During his coaching and teaching career at Truckee, Coach Shaffer was known for his 4-peat state championship wins. Current head coach Josh Ivens said he took the position after Shaffer and has had big shoes to fill.

"Even though I watched him, how he ran practices, I learned more from him since he retired and I became head coach," Ivens said.

Coach Ivens spent half of his life with his mentor and role model, Coach Shaffer.

"It's going to be hard," Ivens said, "Coaching on this field from now on, that's why the players are coming down to the field, because that's where all the memories are made."

Coach Ivens said Coach Shaffer loved his family most and should be remembered as a man of integrity.

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