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November 26, 2010 > Venerable coach retires

Venerable coach retires

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Bill Harrison

In a poignant moment at the Fremont City Council meeting on Thursday, November 23rd, Coach Pete Michaletos was honored for forty-six years service to John F. Kennedy High School (JFK) and the community. The only football coach JFK had every known, Michaletos and his wife, Jan, were more than just a fixture at the high school. The coach commented that her support for the 46 years of their marriage was testament to her guidance and backing which proves that "Along side every good man is a good woman." Special weekly dinners and activities for players, a willing ear to hear problems as well as a second home for many, the Michaletos house was always bustling with activity and good cheer. Although coaching his last game on Saturday, November 6, 2010 and retiring from duties as the JFK Titans head coach, Michaletos assured everyone that he was still around and will be an active retiree.

Councilmember Bob Wieckowski, who attended JFK and played football under "Coach Mike" read a proclamation and listened as the coach thanked those who helped to support his efforts. Coach Mike, "longest tenured coach in California's history," reminisced about the councilmember and future state legislator's tenure as a linebacker with the Titans. Wieckowski was able to slip into his high school letter jacket for the occasion, a memento of his participation in a 1972 championship season. The Titans won an additional championship in 1988. In tribute to Coach Mike's service, former Raider Football Coach John Madden noted on his radio program that Michaletos epitomizes commitment saying, "we need more coaches and mentors like him." The City resolution noted that Coach Mike "brightened the lives of everyone and anyone he touched."

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