Journey winds down for Tim and Matt Gillis

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 04:16 PM.

Tim said, "I told some of my friends that have kids that one of the pluses of being a dad and a coach is just time (you get to spend with your son or daughter). I've been able to spend four years (with Matt) when he was practicing and playing and seeing him. Not necessarily talking with him every second, but being out there with him — and that's a special time for being a dad.

"That's been four fun years for me. It's something to cherish."

Although Tim played baseball and football at Crestview and went minor league baseball for several years, Matt said he was never pressured to be an athlete.

"My dad told me from day one whatever I do he's going to support me 100 percent," he said. "It was my decision to play sports and I love everything about it."

'You get what you deserve'

Being the head coach's son didn't automatically mean early playing time for Matt. Only now as a senior has he earned a spot in the starting lineup, which is something Tim told him he would have to do.

"He and I discussed this (playing time) years ago," Tim said. "You get what you deserve in life, and sometimes you have to overcome some stuff that isn't as much fun. He's had to deal with that some and it makes you stronger.

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