Here’s how the South Carolina coach met his wife.
The road to the Final Four was a tough one for Frank Martin. His South Carolina team had to beat Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida on way to Phoenix.
Martin’s path to getting married was more difficult, though.
The Gamecocks’ head coach revealed during his NCAA Tournament run that his now-wife, Anya, turned him down seven times before going out with him.
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Here’s the full quote:
“My wife turned me down seven times to go out on a date. Seven. Seven. And the day she made the mistake on going out on a date with me, I never let her go. And she mothers my children, she puts up with my nonsense about work, when we came to a new community where she knew nobody at, she’s been dealing with our kids while I’ve been running around the country trying to build a program. New York’s a special place to me, my sister, her husband, their children, they live in the Cobble Hill area in Brooklyn. They run a family, little family restaurants, they work every single day, the way my grandmother and my mother taught us to work. My wife’s family, same story as my family. Unbelievable that she’s the one that gets put in my life.”
It’s kind of similar to the story of how Jim Harbaugh got his now-wife to go out with him.
“Sarah was (at a restaurant) getting take-out. I went up to her and asked if I could meet her. So, she said, ‘Sure you can meet me.’ I didn’t believe her, at first. I thought it was one of those fake numbers she was giving me,” he told HBO. “But I called her. Multiple times. Like, nine times before she returned my call.”
Coaches are persistent.