My first coaching job was at Dover. I had looked around but I liked that area and liked that the county was so tough in basketball. Kingfisher, Lomega, Okarche — they've always had good teams. That was my home and I didn't want to go anywhere else.
I always wanted to coach my daughters and thoroughly enjoyed having that chance. My oldest daughter played for me at Kingfisher. She was more of a defensive specialist and a hard worker. My other daughter, Haley, played for me at Okarche and played on two state tournament teams. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Coaching with Haley, that's been a joy right there, first of all that she'd even want to. I tried to talk her out of it, but my husband said she was going to love it too. We're just enjoying every minute of it. It's been a blessing to be able to share this with her.
I've stayed in Okarche because there are good people here — good kids, hardworking kids and I ask a lot of them. I'm pretty hard to live with. I'm pretty strict. I have no reason to look anywhere else. As for how long I'll do this, I'm going to make it through today. When I retired and Haley decided to come coach at Okarche, I decided to look at it every year and evaluate things that way. I still love and care about basketball. That could change next year or tomorrow.