Coaching couple calls it quits together

Posted: February 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

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The job offer came on Oct. 7, 1991, and Marty Cooper knew he had to take it. It wasn’t big-time basketball, just a junior college in Mississippi, but it was a head-coaching gig. No more graduate assistant work, no more sitting in the third assistant’s seat for the women’s team at Miami of Ohio. This was his opportunity, his own program. Finally, his own program.

It was all happening so quickly. Practice would start the following week, his first game less than a month away. And then there was his fiancee Jennifer, a former women’s basketball player at Miami whom he first met as her coach and fell in love with after her senior year. They had been engaged a few months, but the plan was to wait a while for marriage. The phone call from East Central Community College had suddenly changed that timetable.

“Mississippi is the Bible Belt,” Cooper said. “I wasn’t going to be able to bring someone I was engaged to. I had to be married. So I got the job on Oct. 7. On Oct. 9, we got married in her mom’s living room. On Oct. 11, we started practice.”

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