From conditioning to car lines: Wyckoff finds community of moms in coaching
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - For almost a decade, Brooke Wyckoff has stalked the sideline of the Tucker Center both as Sue Semrau’s right-hand woman and, this year, as interim head coach.
But, since 2013, she’s had another job just as important: Mom.
“The gravity of the moment hits you that this is not just an idea, this is not just going to happen, it’s here and how am I going to figure it all out?” Wyckoff said. “But really, it’s just been a figure it all out kind of thing.”
Like many other working parents, Wyckoff’s process of “figuring it out” has been a give and take; balancing a job and responsibilities at home raising her daughter, Avery, both with no true offseason.
“Trying to carve out those times where I don’t have to mix the two and the same thing for when I’m with my daughter, carving out that time when I’m with my daughter, carving out that time where I’m with her and I’m not worried about what I’m not doing work wise. I feel good about what I’ve taken care of work wise and what I will take care of after I’m with her,” she said.
But Wyckoff is not alone in this delicate balancing act. A fact she found out when pregnant with Avery, the overwhelming support from the coaching community made Wyckoff want to form a more structured network.
“I thought we can have a group where we can visually see and get everybody together and see each other and be like ‘Wow you guys we’re all doing this. It can be done!’” she said.
And so, with the help of Abaline Christian assistant Erika Lambert, Mom’s in Coaching was born; an organization dedicated to giving support to those who oversee conditioning before heading over to car line, meeting at every year’s women’s Final Four since 2014 until being forced to go virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
”It was great to have women from all levels of basketball, stages of motherhood, assistant coaches, head coaches,” she continued.
Wyckoff says she’s constantly inspired by the stories shared by other coaches, but also by her players, constantly seeing what she hopes Avery can grow to be.
“So many great examples in our program over the years of great young women, great parents, women and families that have fought and battled a lot of adversity and still come out really successfully and are great people so I’m very fortunate for that and I think it’s made me a better parent.”
A true team effort, on and off the court.
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