Sideline & Pearls

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Behind every great coach stands a great coach’s wife. This is definitely true. You may not see us, but we are there. We’ve been there since sports were invented and high school foot-ball became a “thing,” especially in Texas. Yes, Texas high school football is a legend unto itself (more on that later). But regardless of where you live or what sport your husband is involved in, we love our coaches and are proud of them. It takes a lot of hard work to become a great coach’s wife. I come from a line of coaches’ wives (and the men they love), but even I’m thrown for a loop now and then. Thank heavens for my grandmother, fondly referred to as MiMi. She was a coach’s wife for 44 years and involved in the coaching culture for well over 50 years. Just imagine the wisdom she shared with women who became engaged or newly married to a coach—me included! We lost her in May of 2017, and I’m honored to capture her essence in each chapter. It’s a multi-layered manuscript—a primer covering timeless principles and a fresh look at what a modern wife faces daily. It’s a meaningful way for me “pay it forward,” as my MiMi always encouraged me to do. MiMi and her peers (many whom contributed to this book) watched as the world of sports changed over time, but steadfastly advised that duty and dedication are eternal. This book is filled with her insights and those of other notable coaches’ wives as a resource for newly engaged, the newly married, and the veterans of our crazy coaching culture. So buckle up for a roller coaster of highs and lows—and insights across a 50-year arc—and trust that you’ll eventually enjoy the ride. So many wonderful coaches’ wives, coaches’ moms, and coaches’ kids (and one former football player) contributed to this book, which was written to remind us all that we are not alone. As for newer wives, you’ll be a savvy member of our sisterhood in no time!