Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Life as a Coach's Wife

The Fighting Quanah Indians finished their 2012 season last Thursday night.  They played the Stamford Bulldogs (#2) in Wichita Falls for the Region 1A Division 1 semifinal.  It might’ve been the Indians last game this season, but they didn’t go out without a fight.  They played their hearts out and I couldn’t be more proud. 

After the game Coach Sims asked if it was bittersweet for me because 1) I was sad it was over, but 2) I would get to have my husband back… As I looked around trying to remember this moment as we closed the 2012 Football Season, I thought more than anything I would miss it.  Yes, my husband is super busy during this time of year.  He pours his heart and soul and time into his career.  He cares about those kids, but not once though did I ever feel like he didn’t make me or our family a priority.    

My first year as a coach’s wife is turning out to be better than I ever could have imagined.  I love my husband and I enjoy his job.  I have loved going to his games, getting to know people in this community and the fans.  I think the kids he coaches are talented, smart and just some good kids that have promising futures.  I love being a part of this.   

I will miss football season.   

I will miss the pep rallies.  I will miss the anticipation of kickoff.  I will miss my favorite moment of when Coach Sims takes the field and gives me that look that makes me feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be.   

I will miss cheering with the kids and packing up all of our necessities for the games.  I will miss being surrounded by friends and Quanah Indian supporters in the stands.  I will miss the "good lucks" and the "congrats" shared between other coach's wives.

I will miss watching my husband in his element.  I will miss the excitement and not being able to breathe during 4 quarters as I await the outcome of the game.  I will miss greeting him after the games and hearing about the game’s details from his point of view.  

I will miss watching the pure talent that is displayed on that field....the hard hits, the awesome catches, the precise passes, the strength & power, the speed & determination.  I will miss the beauty of a team coming together and having the same mindset and goals. 

I will miss seeing my parents on those Friday nights.  I will miss tweeting with my Uncle Jim in North Carolina who followed us enthusiastically all season. 

I will miss it all. 

I have learned so much about being a coach’s wife these first few months and I hope after a few seasons I get it right because there is nothing I want more than to be the best coach’s wife I can be to my husband.  

….but life as a coach’s wife doesn’t end with football season.  It is something I live 365 days a year.  I can’t wait to see what the next seasons bring.  I am ready to cheer on the basketball teams, track teams, golf, tennis, baseball and softball.  It is going to be a fantastic year and I will be ready to celebrate at the Sports Banquet and then do it all again! 

And to those football seniors….  You amazed us and made us proud.  I know high school is important especially your senior year, but the truth is your life is only beginning! I wish you all the very best life has to offer.  Congratulations on a wonderful season! PUHA!!

Tweets to Coach Sims after Thursdays game… 

Congratulations on a great season Quanah.  @Coach_Sims is a class act who you can tell genuinely cares about each of his players. - @BenCoker3 

Congrats to @Coach_Sims and his Indians for never giving up against crazy-tough Stamford tonight.  Great season and bright future in Quanah - @nwnAdam 

@Coach_Sims Thanks for the work you & staff have put in to produce one of Texoma’s most exciting teams to watch. #puha #greatseason - @KfdxTobin 

Congrats to @Coach_Sims and the Indians….classy bunch of coaches and kiddos #PUHA - @jdwest74 

@Coach_Sims What a great season, coach! You and your Team have accomplished so much – Well Done! - @Jimgann

Goodbye Friday Night Lights …. until next year!


  1. Thanks for sharing your heart and raw emotion, Tara. I teared up reading this because I completely understand. Blessings to you, to Jason, and to every young man that may come into your lives.

  2. Thanks Monica! I'm glad to have someone that gets it and feels like I do!!

    Blessings to you, Rocky, your sweet kids and all of your "other kids" as well!!!!

    <3 Tara