We have a newbie coach on our staff this year, and he started dating a really sweet girl who LOVE’s her some football. Things have been going well with them, and she and I recently chatted. One thing became apparent really quick…they are SERIOUS. As a more “seasoned” coach’s wife, I remember the amazing women who surrounded me at my coach, and I began dating. Their life-on-life mentoring and honesty gave me the ability to walk into our marriage with both eyes open, ready to dig into and create an amazing life with football.
I’ll admit, not all wives are willing to hear from the life experience of others. The divorce rate is very high in football and in my experience, the other thing that happens is that husbands quit coaching to save their marriages. Both scenarios really hard to watch.
Last year I was given a copy of this new AWESOME book about college football. This book was written by several women who sent out a survey, did interviews, and gathered data for several years. They touched on all the top subjects that coaching families wrestled with and included some wonderful advice from some great women who have survived decades in this profession. Reading this book was a beautiful reminder we are not in this business alone. It was very encouraging and full of helpful advice as our kids get older.
I handed off my copy of this book (discreetly) to our newbie’s girlfriend with the encouragement to read it and the offer to chat about it later. Her response was exactly what I would have hoped…this is awesome! Now I don’t have to feel like I’m blind to what is around every corner.
If you know someone who would benefit from learning about the world of college football, I highly suggest this book! Living, Loving, and Lasting as a Coach’s Wife. And of course, if you haven’t picked up a copy of Lessons from the Sidelines yet grab a copy of that while you’re at it too!
As the wife of a football coach, Beth Walker encourages women whose families are in the public eye to pursue their own callings even as they support their husbands’ careers and ministries. Through her own personal stories as well as interviews with other women who are also living just outside their husbands’ limelight, Beth shows it’s possible to do both.