The Mom Next Door: Susan Myers



Written by Leigh Attaway Wilcox
[ DallasChild Magazine, December 2007, page 19, Edited by Shelley Hawes Pate]

Not many women love football, at least not the way Susan Myers does. She didn't even realize how much she loved the game until she moved to Dallas and began watching the Dallas Cowboys to find something fun to talk about at local parties. Not long after, this cancer-surviving-Harvard-MBA-mother-of-one discovered her true professional passion: coaching football.

Myers worked in Investment Banking for 14 years before meeting her husband Richard and settling in Dallas . Though Myers liked what she was doing before, she gets a bigger kick out of coaching football. Myers is presently the Passing Game Coordinator and Coach of the Varsity Receivers at Prince of Peace School in Carrollton . While unusual to find a female football coach, especially in a pigskin lovin' state like Texas , Myers has been coaching football since 1994. Her coaching resume spans across the metroplex including stints at various schools in Fort Worth , Arlington , Bedford and Dallas . In fact, while she was the varsity tight ends coach at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas in 2003, the team clinched the TAAPS 5A State Championship.

WHAT SHE DOES:

In addition to coaching football, Myers has also penned a coaching book. She admits, “The publisher accepted the book but said it would need to be published with a pen name.” Created with college, high school and youth programs in mind, the book by S. “Chuck” Myers has received high praise. (Chuck is a hubby-given nickname for Myers.)

Being blatantly told she would not be hired at one point, simply because she is a female, continues to drive Myers. “I don't want my daughter to ever hear those words so I've got to keep chipping away.” Myers' 12-year-old daughter Christina is a sporty, spunky sixth grader who enjoys skiing, volleyball, tennis and ballroom dancing.

Myers knows without a doubt the football field is where she is meant to be. “When I was six-months pregnant at a football camp on the turf at North Texas in June—when the temperature was 103 ° with an added 15-20 ° for Astroturf—I didn't [even] notice the time,” she amusingly recalls.

HOW SHE DOES IT:

Myers found support when she needed it. Jason Garret, offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, encouraged Myers to believe in the pure passion she has for the game and her knack for coaching. “Jason is a fabulous mentor.” Plus, Maria, Myers' housekeeper, is “like a sister” and helps Myers manage and multi-task. Myers adds, “My husband is always happy; he's positive. I've been really blessed with wonderful friends, too.” Additionally, Myers relies on books which help her visualize positive things and find joy in little things. She routinely focuses on gratitude and knows that “what you put in—you will get out.”

Myers tears up when recounting a story about sentiments a junior girl shared with the media when Myers started coaching locally several years ago. “The guys think she's cool. But to the girls, she's our hero because she showed us we can do anything we want.”

It is powerful to know you're someone's hero.

SIDEBAR: SUSAN'S QUICK TIPS
•  Shift gears when you come home. Myers leaves her “Commander-In-Chief” self in the car every afternoon so she can effectively focus on her family.
•  Try to live “in the moment.” Even if you're having a simple bike ride with the family—focus on that without letting your mind wander to other topics like work.
•  Do Yoga! Myers finds that it helps her calm her “chatter” and center herself. Useful mental skills and breathing techniques are a bonus, too.