Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath is living his dream these days — but not as a rock star.
“My dream was to coach baseball and basketball,” McGrath told PEOPLE at the Rhonda’s Kiss All-Star benefit concert to raise funds for cancer care in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
“And it’s happening now. I’m an assistant coach. I have a whistle! I get all into it. It’s a joy.”
“This time period, for dads in particular, the clouds move away and the sun opens up. I’m a father first and foremost,” McGrath says. “I can’t be the head coach because I travel so much. I demand to be the assistant coach though.”
But does his son’s team realize they have a bonafide rock star coaching them? “They don’t care,” jokes McGrath. “Sometimes I’ll go to practice and a kid will go, ‘My daddy says you’re a singer, sing something.’ I’m like, ‘We don’t sing on the spot brother, but Google me when you’re 13.’ “
Meanwhile, McGrath’s daughter, Lydon’s twin sister Hartley Grace, may be following in her father’s musical footsteps. “My little girl loves to sing. If I hear ‘Let It Go’ one more time, I’ll have to let my brain go,” he adds with a laugh.
And if she decides to pursue a career as a musician, McGrath has her back. “I will definitely support them. I know the pitfalls of this industry. I’ve gone through it, I’ve been in those pits, but if you’re aware of the land mines, it’s a beautiful industry,” McGrath explains.
“I would never force them to do anything, but one thing I will never do is scare the hell out of me like my parents did. I’ve learned to love a lot.”
— Matthew Cole Weiss