A Day with the Fisher Family

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

"God, family, and ball first. Family as much as you can," says Coach Jimbo Fisher.

That is how Coach Fisher and his family start their day, everyday.

Most days his wife Candi Fisher brings their sons to batting practice.

The boys hit and catch for an hour or two with Coach Beas. The boys have both been playing ball since they were three and mom is always there to cheer them on.

"It's a priority for us. The kids are only young once and they have to have their activities, their life. I mean, enough of their life revolves around their dad's job," says Candi.

And of course, every great practice deserves time to goof off and a little ritual. Ethan, the youngest Fisher, does a hand slap and gives his coach a "boo-yeah!"

Candi says, "They love to play baseball. They like to go up to the football office and hang out. They think that is their home away from home. They kind of take over when they go up there. Everybody caters to them, so they like being there."

The football field is Jimbo's home away from home, but his family is his real investment.

When the boys go play at the football office, Coach becomes Dad.

Ethan climbs up in to his dad’s lap to tell him about his batting practice. Jimbo gives him a hug and says, "You can go play. OK give me a kiss. I love you."

Jimbo says he loves having his family up in his office. He says, "They play up here and go at it pretty good. It's pretty entertaining."

Trey, the Fishers’ 10-year-old son, is known in the office for his video game skills. He challenges players like E.J. Manuel. He says they even talk a little smack.

"Before the game they do. The middle of the game they can't say anything because they are getting beat," says Trey.

I get in on the game and challenge Trey to some NCAA football. I don't stand a chance, but Trey tells me he has learned a few things from his dad.

Trey says, "They (the players) tell me that I run the same offense as my dad."

Jimbo is glad his kids are friends with the players.

"When that happens, I think our players get to see us as dads, not just coaches, that there is a side to us just like their fathers at home or mothers at home," says Jimbo.

After all, Jimbo Fisher is a father first, then a coach.

Candi says, "He's a different person at home than he is at work."

Even at a young age, the Fisher boys know they're just the same as other kids.

Trey says, "He's just the same person as their dad, but with a different job."

Jimbo says the kids know when he is at work and when he is dad.

He says, "I can have 120 kids that will obey everything you say, coaches will obey everything you say, and I go home to a 10-year-old and a six-year-old who won't do anything you say, so they know when it's a different time they see me differently that way."

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