Another Sims set to join La Cañada High football

Football: Son of second-year Spartans coach joins dad; will look to bolster team's defensive line in final high school season.

July 09, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
  • Second-year La Cañada High football Coach James Sims, left, spots his son D'Andre during a squat workout.
Second-year La Cañada High football Coach James… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

A year ago, James Sims left his coaching position at Florida’s Hawthorne High in favor of a move to La Cañada High football.

This year, another Sims — D’Andre, James’ son — is set to trade the sunshine state for the golden one and join the Spartans. It’ll be the first time since D’Andre, 17, was 10 years old that he’s played under his dad.

Hope for a father-son reunion was sparked after D’Andre visited his dad and La Cañada High in November. During the trip, James took him to La Cañada’s locker and equipment rooms and showed him the new football helmets La Cañada will don in 2013.

“He picked one up and said, ‘Dad, you have to reserve me one of these helmets,’” said James, who learned his son’s transfer to La Cañada was officially approved two weeks ago.

“I wanted to come back and play for my dad and help [La Cañada] win some games,” said D’Andre, who lifted weights at La Cañada High Tuesday.


D’Andre, who arrived in California Friday, previously played football his sophomore year at Florida’s Atlantic Coast High. After being the only sophomore on the Stingrays varsity team in 2011, the incoming senior took a break from football his junior season to take a break to focus on music.

While D’Andre’s transfer has been approved by the La Cañada Unified School District, he’s still going through paperwork to enroll in classes at La Cañada and be cleared by the CIF Southern Section. Until that’s completed, he can’t practice with the Spartans.

“I didn't think it was a possibility,” James said of his son playing for him again. “I thought he walked away from [football].”

When it come to picking back up the football and leaving Florida for California, La Cañada just felt right for D’Andre when he visited over Thanksgiving break.

“Seeing the city, how nice it is and the people were and the motivation out here — it's a lot better than Florida,” D’Andre said. “I am looking forward to coming to a new school, getting some good grades and hopefully getting into a good college.”

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