Originally Published: Nov 9, 2010 1:36 PM CDT

Kaci Spence & Marco Pascual

Oklahoma Sports Student Mojos


Being a coach is harder than most people might anticipate. Coaches need the support from their family at home in order to do a better job on the field.


Stacey and Avery Marchino are the wife and daughter of Yukon football coach, Chad Marchino. “It’s not easy being a coach’s wife,” said Stacey. “Monday thru Thursday, he comes home at different times, on Fridays, he doesn’t even come home due to the football games, and the only time I really see my husband is on Saturdays."


Saturdays are our special days to spend the whole day together and watch college football games. “Stacey says that she would like to spend more time with her husband, but she understands that football is a big part of him and it’s something that he loves."


Since Marchino has been coaching, Stacey has rarely missed one of his games. Before a game, Stacey says that she has a ritual, “I have a horn and bells, I always wear a red football shirt and wind pants, and I always sit on the 50 yard line.”


She says she also prays to keep the boys safe and gets Avery ready before a game. Avery, who’s 4, has missed only one game that her dad has coached and she says that she’s her daddy’s number one fan.


So far, Avery’s favorite football team is the Yukon Millers. Her favorite part of the game is beating the other team and she can also sing the Fight Song.


“Having my wife and daughter at the games is important to me and I feel like I’m the luckiest man to have their support,” says Coach Marchino.


“Before a game, I go for a run, listen to music, and think about the job that I have to do. I also look over the plays and get mentally focused for the game,” Marchino says about his before the game ritual.


He has respect for his players and feels that they are doing a good job this season. He believes that it’s the players’ choice to work hard and see how far they want to go this season.


Marchino also states, “As long as I’m enjoying being a coach, I will continue until I am no longer needed. That’s just the same as teaching.”