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Father-daughter Weimers find success

November 16, 2000

Father-daughter Weimers find success



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


WILLIAMSPORT - Brooke Weimer pleaded her case to her father, but he would have none of it.

The Williamsport senior had just been called for a foul during the Class 1A West girls soccer region final against Beall, and Weimer wasn't really happy about it. Neither was her father, John.

She pleaded her case some more. He told her to keep playing. She pleaded more. He said to keep playing. Finally, the referee yellow-carded her for the prolonged argument.

Now her coach, John, wasn't happy at all.

"There have been good times and bad times," John said. "And I'm not just talking about wins and losses."

"This has been a great experience. Not a lot of athletes get to have their father as their coach," Brooke said. "People ask me if it's strange, and sometimes it may be. Just as long as you don't take practice home with you."

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The Weimers take their final practice home tonight as the Wildcats try again for their first Class 1A state title Saturday night at 7:30. Williamsport faces Glenelg for the second straight season at UMBC Stadium.

While Brooke doesn't see the need to bring some parts of the game home, both of them bring a little bit of home to the field.

"It's always 'Dad,'" John says with a smile. "But on the field, she says it with the respect for a coach. It's always to say something that needs to be said. Something the coach should do.

"As the years have gone on, I've realized it's talking to her dad/coach. It's still just a little strange."

It fits in with their career, though. Brooke grew up playing in boys leagues and adopted the attitude and skill level that came with it. Like any parent, John wanted to push his daughter to be her best, yet as a coach, he was forced to hold her back a little.

"She brought that hard-core boys game with her, that, 'Dad, you have to do more of this or that,' to practice. And that's made us better," John said. "But we also had to bring her down some, too."

"It's a different game. With the boys, you say whatever, and it gets left on the field," Brooke said. "Sometimes with girls, it goes off the field, too. But I've grown up a lot, especially in the last two years. My dad has helped me, especially in my senior year, do things more positive."

Whether the talks come at home or on the field, everyone seems to have benefitted.

"We're on the bus, we'll talk. We're watching a game, we'll talk. That's the advantage, we get to talk all the time," John said. "I can be like, 'Look.' And she goes, 'Yeah, I know, Dad.'

"It's like having an assistant coach out there. And at center midfield, that's an added bonus. It's your daughter, and it's someone who knows what her dad, the coach, wants done."

Now, for the Weimers, there's only thing left to be done - win a state title.

"It'll be real emotional, no matter if we win or lose," Weimer said. "Just the fact that I've grown up with him, it's been an unreal experience.

"When that final whistle blows, I won't have my dad as a coach on the field anymore, but he'll always be my coach off the field."

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