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Family Affair - By Mike Lynch
MikeLynch2.jpgPlaying 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 program.


"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 grown stronger."

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.

"I'm more 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 records."

Sensible priorities and values that are at the core of anyone who has coached a son or daughter.
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