A year ago, James Sims left his coaching position at Florida's Arlington Country Day 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.