We hear stories and see interviews of the players and coaches of football teams often, however, there are a group of voices the public doesn't always hear.
The wives of UL Lafayette coaches rarely do interviews, but they are just as involved in the sport as their husbands. Tyla Hudspeth, wife of second season Head Coach Mark, said football is a constant part of their lives, and always will be. She enjoys the sport and the perks that come along with being the wife of a coach, but said there was one big con
"We make a lot of sacrifices," she began. "We(me and my son) come to practice to see him when we can. That's the biggest con, is we don't get to see him when we want to."
Cydra Wingerter, wife of Troy, who is the UL Lafayette Director of Football operations, agreed and added, "It's really everybody it's a con for though. The coaches feel badly. They miss their kids and certainly the kids miss their dads and we miss them as well."
Wingerter added that the passion the men put into the university, the players and their careers, makes everything worth it.
For fans, football season ends after the last game, but for the coaches and their wives, the most extensive work is just beginning.
"Football season is never over," Hudspeth said and laughed. "Right when the season is over, then starts the recruiting. We go from having him home every day and adjusting to that, to not seeing him for weeks at a time."
Wingerter, whose husband is a 16- year UL Lafayette Coaching Staff veteran, said her husband doesn't take a heavy role in recruiting anymore, but still works just as hard in the off-season.
Besides having husbands who share a career, Hudspeth and Wingerter said the wives share everything that comes along with it.
"We're really the only ones in this community that have this one thing in common. If any one of us ever needed anything, help with the kids or anything, I know they would be there for me and vice versa," Hudspeth said.
"We're going through the same emotions week after week and that's really a perk, to have that close knit relationship with the wives," Wingerter added.
Both said the wives do many things for the team and their families. From raising kids, traveling to games, to cooking for players, to offering support; Hudspeth and Wingerter said they don't keep track of any of it, it's just a part of who they are.
"I'll tell you what though," started Wingerter, "for every woman that is in this program, all ten or more of us, if you lifted up their jacket you would see a superwoman cape underneath it, because these women are superwomen."
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