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Football team hires some scrappy up-and-comer named Joe Montana

May 18, 2009 |  1:49 pm

Oaks Christian assistant coach Joe Montana building his credentials with the San Francisco 49ers in 1989.

If you play high school football, it probably seems inappropriate to ask an opposing coach for his autograph.

Then again, some exceptions have already been made for a not-so-average Joe who will be in the press box for Oaks Christian in Westlake Village.

“We have a policy where we don't want fathers coaching their kids,” head Coach Bill Redell told MaxPreps. “But we made an exception. So the new rule is, if you’ve been a three-time Super Bowl MVP, you can come out and coach your kid.”

Apologies to mere two-timers Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady, but that list starts and ends with Joe Montana. Next season he will be an assistant coach at Oaks Christian, where his son, Nick, plays quarterback. The incoming senior already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and Washington.

The younger Montana is backed up by the son of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and one of his receivers is the son of actor Will Smith. The elder Montana will join a staff that includes two former California coaches of the year, 19-year NFL veteran Clay Matthews, and former Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen.

Oaks Christian seems to have a near monopoly in terms of star power, but Harvard-Westlake did OK last year with a Twitter aficionado named Ashton Kutcher helping patrol the sideline for its freshman team.

-- Adam Rose

Photo: Oaks Christian assistant coach Joe Montana building his credentials with the San Francisco 49ers in 1989. Credit: Otto Greule/AllSport.

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