The E! channel has a reality show called WAGS that stands for "Wives And Girlfriends of sports Stars." Credit Jonathan Moore for avoiding "COWS" for his new documentary Coaches' Wives. Of course, Joanna Moore, the wife of a coach, would have likely taken a wooden spoon to the backside of her filmmaker son had he used that acronym.
Jonathan Moore credits his mother and father, Nelson Moore, with being the inspiration for his film that screens at 7 Saturday night in the Lyceum Theater at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, where the producer/director is an associate professor of Cinema Arts. (To reinforce the husband-and-wife-in-it-together theme, his wife Karen Moore, an editor on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, edited and was associate director on Coaches' Wives.)
The son describes the mother as the "classic coach's wife" when she supported her husband as he coached high school boys basketball, boys and girls tennis and cross country in Kentucky. "Mom was always there in the background, supporting both he and our family, every single day," Jonathan Moore remembers.
His feature-length film chronicles the joys and struggles of being married to a coach, depicting the subjects as "the most unsung heroes in modern sports." Besides being the matriarchs of their own families, these women also found themselves mothering some of their husbands' players.
Among those interviewed on screen are: Meo Stansbury (Texas A&M), Kathy Auriemma (University of Connecticut), Mindy Rice (UNLV), Neezer McNab (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School), Daniela Olson (Manhattan Beach, Mira Costa High School) and Jeanie Buss, the part owner and president of the Los Angeles Lakers and fiancée of Phil Jackson, the team's longtime coach who is now president of the New York Knicks.
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The Orange County screening of Coaches' Wives, which also rolls this month in Kentucky, Wisconsin and Oregon, will be attended by many local coaches who will no doubt have their better halves on their arms.