The University of Southern California made a bit of a surprise hire when they tabbed former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian to take over as head coach of the Trojans football squad. Immediately, USC faithful and pundits alike began to buzz that Sarkisian was not the right choice for the program, despite having previously worked as an offensive coach at the school under Pete Caroll. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be a long ride for the coach, and along for all of it will be Steve Sarkisian's wife Stephanie Sarkisian.
Fortunately for Coach Sark, his wife has been through the roller coasters provided by a football life. The couple has been together since college, and were married after graduating in 1997. The couple took vows on your average summer weekend,... except that Steve was headed off to Saskatchewan that week for his brief stint as a quarterback in the CFL. Stephanie joked to the Seattle Times that Steve's rookie season was nothing more than a lovely five month honeymoon in Regina, Canada.
After hanging up the spikes, the coaching carousel began. Steve began as the quarterbacks coach at El Camino College before three seasons at USC. He went to the NFL for one season as the Raiders QB coach before coming back to USC in 2005. Finally in 2008, Sarkisian took a head coaching gig at the University of Washington.
The family has been along for the ride. The 39 year old Steve and his wife Stephanie have three children: two daughters Ashley and Taylor and a son, Brady. As a quarterbacks coach from southern California, I wonder who the inspiration for his son's name was....Steve Sarkisian's wife Stephanie Sarkisian,