Playing for you dad can be rewarding,
challenging and demanding. I'm sure there are dozens of you reading this
opening sentence and nodding your head in agreement and probably adding
a few more phrases as well.
At Everett High School Jonathan
DiBiaso is the quarterback and his dad, John, is the head football
coach. Everett is arguably the most powerful and successful high school
program in the state, so choosing the starting quarterback is never
taken lightly. For as long as he can remember Jonathan has been prepping
for his current role and at times has been a little too close to the
"When Jonathan was three years old he was already on the
sidelines and a player ran over him and broke his leg. I thought my
wife was going to divorce me" laughs John.
The DiBiasos are
still happily married and Jonathan recently broke the all time record
for career touchdown passes for a Massachusetts high school quarterback.
"Its amazing of all the great players, Doug Flutie - a Heisman
Trophy winner - my name is mentioned in that category," Jonathan states
in a humble tone.
When you play for your father, at any level -
in any sport, there are two guarantees. 1) You always have a ride home
after practice 2) more is expected of you.
"I'd add #3 ," laughs
John the coach, "somtimes you don't want that ride home. Playing for my
dad is better than I thought it would be. I thought we would argue more
over what plays to call, but its been great and our relationship has
Jonathan will be named to every all scholastic
team and be named player of the year - AGAIN, but there are some things
more important than wins, losses and all star teams.
proud of him as the person than the quarterback," beams John, the
father. "He's a good student (4.0 GPA and ranked 29th out of a class of
450) is very polite, humble and respectful. His success hasn't gone to
his head. He still volunteers to help young kids in Everett and always
has a smile on his face. All of that is far more important to me as a
father and a coach than who he is as a football player and all of his
Sensible priorities and values that are at the core of anyone who has coached a son or daughter.