March 26, 1939 - February 11, 2017 Born in Alameda Resided in Hayward, CA
Pete Michaletos "Coach Mike" of Fremont passed away peacefully Saturday surrounded by family. Coach Mike touched numerous lives with his gentle spirit and positive outlook.
Coach Mike was born in Alameda, graduated from Alameda High School in 1957, went to Contra Costa College for a year and then earned his Bachelor's Degree from Utah State. He starred on the football team at both Alameda and Contra Costa and then furthered his playing career at Utah State where helped guide the Aggies to a No. 10 ranking in 1960. After two years as a graduate assistant at Utah State, Coach Mike made his way back to the Bay Area where he was an assistant football coach at San Lorenzo High in 1963 and 1964.
In 1965 John F. Kennedy High in Fremont opened and they hired Coach Mike to be a teacher and the football coach. He held the coaching position for 46 years until he retired in 2010, which made him the most tenured coach in the state at the time. He coached two generations at Kennedy and won Mission Valley Athletic League titles in 1972 and 1988 despite being the smallest enrollment school in Fremont. The Titans qualified for the North Coast Section playoffs eight times in his tenure and advanced to the second round after an emotional 34-9 upset win over El Cerrito in 2008.
Coach Mike was named Coach of the Year four times and was inducted into the prestigious California Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011. He served on the Board of Directors for the J.C.P. from 1967-1985. He was an advisory coach for a decade for the Alameda/Contra Costa County All-Star team.
Coach Mike couldn't stay away from the thing he loved, he helped coach five years at Modesto Christian and a year at Milpitas High School.
Coach Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jan; devoted children Katherine and Jerry Schott (Arizona) and Victoria and Everett Peterson (California) and grandchildren Jacob Peter Schott (New York, New York), Zachary Schott (Arizona), Nathan Peterson (California), Shea and Evan Peterson (California) and great grandchildren, Jadea Peterson (California), Nate Peterson (California). He is also survived by his sister Anna Phillips (California).
A Celebration of "Coach Mike's Life" will be held at John F. Kennedy High in Fremont in the gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.
The family is asking donations be sent to hospice "Our Angels on Earth" or the JFK Athletic department.