I’m writing today to let you know that you are loved and appreciated for the sacrifice you have made in your husband’s coaching career. I know that at times the athletes and the fans don’t realize how much time you put into a game plan for your family to allow your husband to coach and minister to the athletes God has put in your lives. The impact you have is so important to the call that God has called you to together. The things you have to do to prep for your season are not visible to the eyes of the families of the athletes. Because there are times during the season you have to be both dad and mom to your kids—getting them to their events, helping with homework, preparing dinner, bath time and bedtime prayers—all at the same time of being a coach’s wife.
There are times when you’re at the game and you hear people criticizing your husband or calling him names that you would never dream of calling anyone else. You now have to move because you don’t want your kids to hear the horrible things being said about their father. You do all this because you know that God has a plan for you and your husband in the lives of the athletes He has given you to love and care for. Most of the time, it seems the athletes, parents and fans don’t see all you have to sacrifice, but I want you to know that God sees your sacrifice. He sees all that you do behind the scenes so that your husband can fulfill his call as a coach, knowing that you’re with him, no matter what. And I believe He is smiling down on you.
As believers, we all serve and answer to One Coach—Jesus. He’ll give you the strength and courage to accomplish the things that He has for you because the impact you have on these athletes is important to the Kingdom of God. So from one coach’s wife to another, thank you for being a key player on Team Jesus!
– Lisa Nu’u wife of coach Joe Nu’u, who is a linebackers coach at Valor Christian High School. He is a speaker and author of the book, “Invisible Lines.”