The life of a coach can have a lot of demands for time dedicated to a particular sport and very little committed to those around them.
So those significant others, including spouses and kids, can take the brunt of missing out when coach is out trying to win some games.
“It takes a special woman to be a coach’s wife,” BCA football coach Jeromey Anderson said. “My wife Julie knows that being a coach’s wife basically means we have an extended family: Always having extra mouths to feed and clothes to wash. We are consumed with football and our players almost year-round. For me, it helps to have a wife that loves the game and our players as much as I do.
“Coaches get a lot of credit for success, however it’s the woman behind the scenes that plays a huge role in that success. I know the success I have had over the years, I could not have done without my amazing wife.”
Goose Creek Memorial’s Marcus Ebow gave thanks to his wife, Naite.
“I would like to thank my wife, Naite, for being the best Valentine’s Day gift that I could possibly ask for,” Ebow said. “As a coach we often spend more time with our teams, players and coaches than we get to with our own families - especially during the brunt of our seasons.
“I am extremely grateful and blessed to have an amazing and supportive wife that understands the demands and requirements needed to pursue my passion and calling! She is by far the best wife, mother, assistant coach, counselor, team function/building coordinator, that I could ever ask for and more.”
Goose Creek Memorial head football coach Shannon Carter is a man who speaks often of family and he didn’t hesitate to give glory to his wife, Gretchen.
“I’m thankful for my wife Gretchen and for my three beautiful kids (Kinley 4, Kobe 2, and Maya 2),” Carter said. “My wife and I have been married for seven years and she is the definition of a coach’s wife. She has brought my kids to almost every game no matter the elements and the time. Post game with my kids feels better then winning. She sacrifices so much for our family and I am forever grateful for her.”
REL’s Jay Langlois credited his better half while coaching the boys soccer team.
“My wife Manuela has had to tolerate my schedule from December to April, which involves tremendous logistical challenges working around three schedules, hers, mine and our daughter’s,” Langlois said. “My wife is the Foreign Language Department Chair, French National Honor Society sponsor and former Instructional Leadership Committee representative for Goose Creek Memorial. Our daughter is involved with orchestra, cross country, soccer and tennis at League City Intermediate and softball outside of school. Miraculously, we make everything work out.
“Being Italian, she understands soccer, and can offer a pretty good analysis of the matches. The GCM match week is a fun time in our house.”
GCM softball coach Cirby Vest has a partner in crime with her husband Ryan.
“I have loved the same baseball boy since I was 16,” Vest said. “I didn’t know then that this boy would become the most influential person in my life, I just liked the way he looked in baseball pants. While I still like his baseball pants, I rarely get to see him wear any because he too can be found under the Friday night lights during the spring. He starts his second season as the head baseball coach at North Shore and he is the epitome of a role model for the young men that he leads. He is anything anyone would want in a coach and his influence on me has shaped the person and coach I am today.
“It is his belief in me that helped me find the courage to finally apply to be a head coach. He dared me to put my money where my mouth is and to take on a program of my own and I am so glad he did. He is our biggest fan that has never seen us play.”