About AFCWA

The American Football Coaches' Wives Association (AFCWA) is a national organization that was formed in 1989 to work in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association.

Our Mission is to provide camaraderie, support, information, and service to the wives of American Football Coaches. Wives of these great competitors have come together in an effort to support and serve in our own communities and across the country. Whether it is the NFL, NCAA, JUCO, NAIA or countless high school football programs around the country - we share a common bond that brings us together.​

We pride ourselves on service and have come to rely on one another for support that is not easily understood by those outside the profession. Being the wife of a football coach can be a challenging "position" to play, a challenging "helmet" to wear and a challenging life to lead. It is filled with excitement and intense emotion at every turn.

Competition abounds on the football field, but within our organization it is all about teamwork. Team identity, coaches' salaries, level of play or television exposure take a backseat to real life issues. The camaraderie erases all divisional lines that exist in the national polls and rankings.​

Meet Our President: Natasha Adams

I am truly excited to be a part of AFCWA and to have the opportunity to serve all of you. This organization holds a special place in my heart, and I am grateful for the incredible journey it has taken me on since I first became aware of it. Attending my first convention 2018 in Charlotte, NC was a turning point for me, as I was able to forge meaningful friendships and expand my support system in ways I never thought possible. The camaraderie, support, information, and service that AFCWA provides truly speaks volumes, and it is my mission as your president to ensure that every wife feels welcomed and included.

One of my main goals as president is to increase member engagement and raise awareness about our wonderful organization. However, I cannot achieve this alone. There are still so many wives out there who are unaware of AFCWA and are in need of our support. That's why I kindly request your help in promoting our organization and expanding our membership across different divisions. Together, we can make a difference and strengthen AFCWA's mission.

As a coach's wife, I understand the unique challenges and joys that come with this life. That's why our board is here to serve you, our members, and we would love to hear from you on how we can best support you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any suggestions or ideas you may have. Additionally, you can connect with us through our social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I am truly looking forward to seeing all of you in Charlotte in January 2025. It's going to be an incredible event, and I can't wait to connect with each and every one of you.

Wishing you the best,

Natasha Adams
AFCWA President

My name is Natasha Adams, and I am truly honored to serve as your AFCWA President. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Charleston, SC, and for the past 10 years, I have proudly been a football wife. My husband, Mike, and I have been blessed with two amazing children: NaTaysuan, who is now 24, and our youngest, Sasha, who is 8 years old. When I'm not busy fulfilling my duties as a football wife, PTO President, and AFCWA President, I find joy in the kitchen, experimenting with new recipes, and indulging in a little retail therapy every now and then.

2024-2025 Board of Directors
Trustees

Founding Mothers and Trustees

These women founded AFCWA and currently serve as trustees.

*Served as President

Patti Edwards*
Jackie Harbaugh*
Carol James
Ellie Mallory*
Donell Teaff
Dorothy Faye McClendon

​(Deceased Jan. 14, 2015)

Meet your 2024-2025 Board of Directors

This amazing group of women works hard all year to provide the AFCWA Membership with an excellent experience year after year during the annual AFCWA convention. We hope you know how much they love serving this amazing community!

Natasha Adams

"I joined the organization to build meaningful relationships with other wives within the football community. Also, to find a support system to help myself and other football wives!"

Nedra Malone

"I joined AFCWA because I wanted to meet wives who have successfully navigated life as a "coach’s wife."  I also wanted to help newer coach’s wives navigate the hills and valleys experienced on this road and share the 'tricks of the trade' with them."

Rebekah Provost-Emmons

"I believe in the mission of AFCWA, and I am honored be a part of an organization that brings connection. Only those who live this life can truly understand it, and I love how we lift each other up and straighten each other’s crowns."

Olivia Raby

"I joined the AFCWA to build connections with coaches' wives that know how crazy this lifestyle can be. AFCWA means an amazing support system that is in your corner during the great seasons AND the hard, lonely seasons."

Brittany Sloan

"AFCWA has made me a better woman, wife, and mom. It has given me friends all across the country, with all different experiences to lean on for advice when needed, to celebrate with on the mountaintops, to cry and pray with in the valleys."

Kim Bonta

"I joined AFCWA to extend my network to include wives who are familiar with the coaching lifestyle. My family and non-coaching friends do not understand the demands of this volatile industry and can be quick to judge. This organization allows us to create long standing friendships with other women who get it and are willing to offer support."

Kiandra Davis

"I joined AFCWA because of a desire to connect with other women. Through this connection, I realize we share some of the same experiences."

Kallie Finley

"Since joining, I have met so many amazing women and their coaches and have formed friendships that have enriched my life in so many ways."

Gina Godding

"Our Defensive Coordinator introduced me to AFCWA, and while attending my first convention with his wife, I found AFCWA’s mission of promoting camaraderie, offering support, and the providing of information to be what I had been searching for."

Tina Jackson

"I joined the AFCWA over a decade ago in hopes of learning how to support my husband in his calling. The AFCWA has not only shown me how to do that but how to embrace it as my calling as well."

Emily McCants

"AFWCA means sisterhood through all seasons, not just football season. I have met some amazing women and through them I have a support system like none other through wins, loses, job changes, moves, kids, and so much more!"

Hospitality

Jonell McKenzie

"AFCWA gives me the opportunity to minister to coaches' wives all across the nation."

Karen Ray

"AFCWA is Coaches' wives coming together to support and encourage each other with our daily lives and our husbands' coaching careers. Of course also for the love of football."

Victoria Santiago-Coiro

"To me, AFCWA is all about locking arms with a band of women with who know exactly what this coaching life is all about and going through all the ups and downs the seasons bring TOGETHER!"

Stephanie Scott

"AFCWA is a lifeline in this roller coaster ride we call the Coach Wife life. From the moment I walked into the Hospitality Room at Convention for the first time to now, years later, I have been incredibly welcomed, served, and supported."

Angie Stugart

"I joined AFCWA to be more a part of my husband’s coaching career, but since realized there’s so much more... a huge support system of coaches' wives who help each other navigate their way through the joys and trials of the coaching world. I’ve been blessed to meet so many incredible women and develop lifelong friends along the way."

Erika Wood

"AFCWA continues to be the most authentic and welcoming “hello” I’ve ever experienced. The whole organization is the support I need and I want to continue the support that coaching wives and families need in and out of football season."

Are you interested in serving on the AFCWA Board of Directors?

The window to submit applications for the 2024 Board of Directors is now closed.
We will begin accepting applications for 2025 board members in August 2024.

Past Presidents and Trustees

These women served AFCWA as president and currently serve as trustees.

1989-1991

Ellie Mallory

1991-1992

Susan Keeling

1992-1993

Jackie Harbaugh

1993-1994

Pat Kane

1994-1995

Pat Edwards

1995-1996

Liz Mullins

1996-1997

LuAnn DeBerry

1997-1998

Judy Tate Simmons (Gregory)

1998-1999

Cathy Hofher

​(Deceased Nov. 30, 2021)

1999-2000

Maria Daniels

2000-2001

Donna Shaffner

2001-2002

Darlene Johnson

2002-2003

Mary Barnett

2003-2004

BeeBee Cervino

2004-2005

Nancy Cubit

2005-2006

Carol Tjeerdsma

2006-2007

Vicki Pinkel

2007-2008

Mary Ramseyer

2008-2009

Margaret Moore

2009-2010

Beth Boyd

2010-2011

Kathy Dudzinski

2011-2012

Tracee Norris

2012-2013

Holly Shealy

2013-2014

Sandy Montgomery

2014-2015

Sally Shannon

2015-2016

Katie Crowe Wood

2016-2017

Cindy Johnson

2017-2018

Jeanne Etheridge

2018-2019

Kristi Maloney

2019-2020

Mesha Mathis

2020-2021

Cynthia Griffing

2021-2022

Nicole Kaklis

2022-2023

Lindsay Elliott

Lifetime Designations

Kelly Smith

​(Lifetime Advisor)

Sandy Atkins

​(Lifetime Member)