At 33-years-old, Tim Vakakes landed his first head coaching job at Jackson-Olin High School.
Vakakes is saavy enough to know there's a lot wisdom in years. His assistant coach has plenty of them. Forty to be exact.
"I guess I'm from the old, old school," Tim's father, Jim Vakakes, 64, said. "A little bit of old and new, it blends well."
Tim worked under his father for eleven seasons before his dad retired in 2011. But now Jim is back, but the coaching roles have changed.
"I knew he had the itch and I knew if I were ever blessed with the opportunity to be a head coach, that he was going to be apart of it in someway," Tim said.
"I've told [Tim] a hundred times, I'm your assistant now. You were mine," Jim said.
Jim's three grandkids, with one on the way, call him "papou". Tt's Greek. The Mustangs also feel that Jim is a grandfather type figure, they simply call him "Pops".
"You can tell he's the dad, and Coach "V" the son," J.O. senior Malik Montgomery said. "They're the same person, just a different age."
Vakakes takes over a team that went (0-10) last season. That's the same record Fairfield High School had when Jim Vakakes took over in 2001. He eventually led Fairfield to a school record nine staight playoff appearances.
"It's going to take some time, it's going take some work," Jim said. "We've done this before."
"If nothing else, mom says he's got to get out of the house," Tim said. "He has to find something to do. It's really good having him here."
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