Coach Timm Vs. Coach Timm: Regional Basketball Pits Family Head to Head

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Ed Timm and his son Jake Timm, both boys basketball coaches, pose together after their respective winning district games Feb. 19. Mount Vernon beat Dubuque Wahlert 60-57, and Davenport Assumption beat Central DeWitt 64-39. Photo by Stephanie Timm.

Freshman Keaton Kutcher looks for an opening against Wahlert Feb. 19. Photo by Catherine Yeoman.

Up for a shot is senior Drew Adams, who averages 9.7 points per game. Photo by Catherine Yeoman.

Senior Cale Snedden attempts to dribble past the Golden Eagles Feb. 19. Photo by Catherine Yeoman

Senior Blake Booth dribbles past Wahlert’s Jacob Schockemoehl. Photo by Catherine Yeoman.

Senior Nick Leopold scores a basket for the Mustangs. He averages 12.3 points per game. Photo by Catherine Yeoman.

Senior Garrett Welch looks for the pass. Photo by Catherine Yeoman.

By Catherine Yeoman and Sydney Hauser

It’s a battle between father and son.

Mustangs’ head coach Ed Timm will prepare his team to face the Knights of Davenport Assumption today in the second round of regional play. Timm’s son, Jake, is the coach of the boys’ sophomore team at Assumption and for the first time will be a part of the coaching staff playing against his father.

“It’s strange in general when you see one of your children on a different bench,” said Ed Timm.

Jake Timm played basketball for the Mustangs under his father when Mount Vernon won state in 2012.  Ed Timm’s coaching tactics haven’t changed since coaching his son.

“Jake knows everything that we do, but so does everyone else,” said Ed Timm. “He can’t tell them anything they wouldn’t be able to watch in the first 30 seconds of film.”

While there may be some tension between father and son after the game, the biggest struggle will be for wife and mother Stephanie Timm. “She’s not sure where to sit, how to act, or what to wear,” Ed Timm said.

Stephanie Timm is most likely to be cheering for the Mustangs. She works at the high school and knows everyone on the court for Mount Vernon in comparison to one person on Assumption’s bench, however important he may be.

“I hope the Mustangs win, but it will be exciting for Jake too,” Stephanie Timm said. She also believes communication post-competition will be very slim. “I don’t think they will talk to each other at the end of the game,” she said. “It might take them a couple days to communicate again, but I hope they are both adults enough to handle it.”

Being the regional semifinal, one team’s season will come to end after the game. “The hardest will be going through the line at the end of the game,” said Ed Timm. “I want to win for our guys. I want them to play well.”

The Mustangs (9-13) will face off against the Knights (12-10)  at 7 p.m. at Assumption High School.