From the beginning, single mother of two and our Team Mom of the Week, Suzanne Smith, has played a key role in her daughter's sports. In fact, she has coached at least one of 17-year-old Courtney's or 13-year-old Jordan's club teams, up until this year that is.
An involved sports parent, Smith decided that if she wasn't leading teams, she would need to take on a new role to avoid backseat coaching. So Smith signed on as team mom for both of her daughter's club volleyball teams, the Burlington 17 Heat and Iowa Rockets 14R.
Her first order of business, find a resource to help organize and manage her teams. That’s when she stumbled upon Weplay. “It's been a hit for all the parents, coaches, and especially grandparents of the girls on the teams,” wrote Smith.
While Smith may be in her rookie season as team mom, she's a pro in the classroom. She teaches Algebra II and Calculus at Cardinal High School in Eldon, Iowa, where she is also the assistant volleyball coach and head girl’s basketball coach. Between teaching and coaching, Smith, has 22 years of experience all across the country.
Her biggest thrill working at Cardinal High School is being able to stay close to her eldest daughter. Next year, with Jordan entering her freshman year, the whole family will be together. Looks like being team mom was the perfect choice for Smith .
Suzanne Smith’s Recommendations for Fellow Team Mom's:
When the game, match, or tournament is over talk to your son or daughter about the good things your child did for ten minutes and then let it go.
Tell them how well they did and how great they played as a team - if you can't say anything positive you aren't looking hard enough.
Always be supportive of the coaches, teammates and parents.
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