Hollywood Parents Try Hand at Coaching

Will_Ferrell_Kids_Sports_Game_ - P 2015

Will_Ferrell_Kids_Sports_Game_ - P 2015

Who's in those sweatpants? From Will Ferrell to Fred Savage, stars are a common sight at the parks for Saturday leagues.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Though Will Ferrell dressed in sports gear for the 2013 Emmys, and invited sons Mattias and Magnus to make an onstage appearance with him (in their soccer uniforms), he didn't always suit up for Saturdays when coaching his kids' AYSO teams. "He often showed up for practice in crazy Hawaiian print shirts, long shorts, black socks and a 10-gallon cowboy hat," says fellow coach and visual effects artist Justin Blaustein, whose son played on a team with Ferrell's. The boys' grandfather Roy Lee Ferrell attended every game, adds Blaustein. "Even if it was an 8 a.m. game in Pasadena, he'd drive up from Irvine to see it." Another familiar face on the sidelines was Fred Savage, who coached a team in the same league. "He's the mellowest guy. He makes the kids laugh, and they love him," says Blaustein, praising Savage's pep skills over his fundamentals. "He didn't know a thing about soccer, but he was the ultimate rah-rah rally guy with the 8-year-olds."

Things were a lot more buttoned-up at Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village. There, its then-head football coach Bill Redell (he's now the school's director of football operations and soon will have the campus' field named after him in honor of starting its football program) had a policy for parents who wanted to help out on the field: Stay away. But Redell made two exceptions when Nick Montana and Casey Matthews — sons of NFL legends Joe and Clay, respectively — were playing on his team. The elder Montana assisted Redell when Nick played quarterback at Oaks Christian in 2008 and 2009; though his son has graduated and gone on to the NFL, Matthews still serves as the program's defensive coordinator.