Coaches, their wives and families are a misunderstood group sometimes. We often have to explain our lives to those around us. Teachers and neighbors do not always understand why dad is unavailable for yet another conference, extracurricular activity or social event. Weddings abound during the off season and we try our best to arrange births so they don’t interfere with the job. The majority of the population really does think our coach works mainly during football season, although social media and blogs have helped a bit with that misconception. Yet we are seldom asked to describe what our life is really like much less be met with understanding or empathy when we try to enlighten folks.
This, ladies, is where The American Football Coaches Wives Association comes into play! Our mission is to provide camaraderie, support, information and service. We have several social media sites and a newsletter that provide information about the how we handle the exciting, crazy and stressful lives that we lead. We share our triumphs and mourn our losses, ask for advice, give moving, childrearing and recipe tips and support one another in good times and bad. We have a mentoring program that pairs up newer wives with one who is seasoned. Advice is shared, friendships bloom and someone who really gets it is just a call, text or email away. Whether you are a new wife who has questions and are seeking support or a seasoned wife who has advice to share and needs camaraderie we are your group!
Our annual convention, which takes place during the AFCA convention, is a time of educational programs, a time of coming together and meeting up with friends from previous staffs and making new ones. This annual coming together of wives from all levels of coaching is a time where we recharge our batteries between the busy season and recruiting or between various sports. We also take time to provide service to a local hospital and award scholarships to coaches wives who are working on their education.
If you are visiting this site for the first time please take a look around and feel free to reach out with any questions. If you are already a member of this warm and wonderful group thank you for all you do to encourage and support one another! We hope to see all of you in Charlotte in 2018!
-Jeanne Etheridge, AFCWA President
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2018 AFCWA Convention