King of the Double Team: Day in the Life of the Coach, part 2

Greg Blomgren is the head coach of both the boys and girls basketball teams at Dowagiac high school, he's a biology teacher and oh yeah, he's also married with three children.

His days tend to be pretty busy, especially when he averages four to five games a week.

We spent Valentine's Day with the coach, and no, he really didn't see much of his wife.

Like a basketball game, Blomgren's day can be divided into four quarters.

Before the game begins of course, Greg has to wake up in the morning, at 5:15AM.

The 1st quarter is pretty long--it's Greg at school, teaching biology.

The 2nd quarter starts at 2:15pm--Girls basketball practice. The Lady Chieftains go through an hour and a half workout as they prepare (at the time) for the post-season.

Just because Blomgren has a boys game later that night doesn't mean he's going to let up on the girls. They have a lot at stake in the playoffs so he's giving them his full attention until 4pm.

That's when Greg gets a slight break. It's his halftime.

Of course, there is still plenty to do. By 4:30, the freshman boys are in action. Greg's sits down to watch the future of his program.

By 4:45, Blomgren has some special vistors. His three kids and wife Angie come by the gym to say hello.

But don't think there's anything special going on because its Valentine's Day. When asked if Greg got her anything, Angie says, "Get this on camera---'No!'"

This brief hello lasts about 10 minutes. The kids need to eat and the oldest has ballet practice.

By 5:10, Greg sneaks out the gym to grab some dinner. Since he usually has four games a week, he rotates between McDonald's, Burger King, Subway and Taco Bell.

Not exactly the healthiest of dinners---but Greg doesn't have much time and the fast food chains are only a half-mile from the school.

This day's choice---Taco Bell. Greg orders three crunchy tacos and a Mountain Dew.

After receiving his food, Greg jokes that the cashier is going to go tell all his friends he was just on TV.

Back at the school, Greg scarfs down the Tacos.

He then watches as much of the JV game as he can.

By 7:10, the 3rd quarter is here, pre-game for the varsity game.

In the locker room, Greg discusses with his team the challenge ahead. Having graduated four starters from last year's team, Dowagiac is hovering around .500. Their opponent, meanwhile, is 14-3 Gull Lake.

By 7:40, the 4th quarter has arrived---Gametime.

Dowagiac comes out strong, but in the end, Gull Lake pulls out the win.

By the time he wraps up things at the high school, Greg doesn't get home until 10:30-11.

That's the time for overtime---something he doesn't do very often---sleep.

By 5:15 the next morning, it's the exact same day all over again.

That's Greg Blomgren's day, everyday, except for Sunday. That day is devoted to his family.

Greg and the Dowagiac girls play for the District Championship Friday at 6pm against Lakeshore at Berrien Springs High School.

The Lady Chieftains are looking for their first District Championship in 30 years.


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