These days he’s at one son’s flag football game. Then the next day he’s rooting on his other son on the soccer field.
Former Pleasant Grove head coach Joe Cattolico is staying busy this fall, his first one since he began teaching that he hasn’t been coaching high school football.
He still is teaching social science at Pleasant Grove, but every Friday night he and father Butch, a long-time coach at Las Gatos, are in the stands at one of the area games. And, like any football coach, they are analyzing each team and keeping a mental notebook for that day, which could be as soon as next year, when both of them once again return to the sidelines.
In the meantime, though, being a fan and a dad isn’t too bad.
|Joe Cattolico, now a very knowledgeable observer|
“I do miss the day-to-day part (of coaching),” he admitted. “That part of it is pretty special. Getting to go out on the field with the coaches and the kids on a daily basis and practice and work on things. Friday night sort of ends up being the show-and-tell part of it for the community, which is pretty neat. The teaching really is Monday through Thursday.”
With two big games Friday night in the Delta League, involving four of its top five teams, Cattolico says he and dad will flip a coin to see which game they’ll attend.
“I think there’s two really good ball games this Friday night,” he said. “(Monterey Trail vs. Elk Grove) and Jesuit/Franklin are both going to be ball games that will come down to two or three plays, a little bit of luck and a little bit of who makes a play here and who makes a play there. It’s pretty hard to pick the outcome of those ball games.”
League-leader Grant will be at Sheldon; the Huskies winless in the Delta.
Cattolico says the Pacers are the team that has impressed him the most this fall.