Chapter 13: Local Media Madness: How One City’s Media Helped Perpetuate the Myth of the “Perfect” Coach’s Wife

by Diana L. Tucker

The women married to the head coaches of elite college football teams bear high social expectations of their beauty, housekeeping, parenting, and personal sacrifice for the team.

Coach Jim and Ellen Tressel
Coach Jim and Ellen Tressel (left to right: images courtesy of coachswife01 and


Ellen Tressel Discusses Her Husband, Ohio State Football Coach Jim Tressel, and Their Life Away from the Football Field