Gregg Popovich’s wife Erin Popovich is the daughter of late Air Force Academy athletic trainer Jim Conboy. Erin’s Air Force connection plays a large part in the life story of Gregg Popovich. Pop was an assistant coach at Air Force when he met and married his wife. They have now been married for over 30 years. Together they have two children, Micky and Jill (pictured at right).
During her time around the Air Force base, Erin became friends with a girl named Betsy. Betsy happened to be the daughter of a general named Robert F. McDermott, who was also the Dean. Wondering where I’m going with this? Robert F. McDermott eventually became Chairman of the group that purchased the Spurs in the 1990s. It all comes back to the Air Force for Gregg and Erin Popovich.
Erin’s strict upbringing may have helped her to rein in her husband’s on-court antics. As Gregg says,
She’d point out other coaches who screamed and yelled and say, ‘Do you want to look like that?’
When not busy telling her husband to be nicer during in-game interviews (only Craig Sager is happy about that), Erin Popovich has spent time working with local charities such as the San Antonio Food Bank.
So let’s get back to the fact that Gregg Popovich’s wife Erin Popovich has put up with him for THIRTY YEARS. If living with him is anything like his on-court interviews between quarters of games – then I feel for the lady. Can you imagine trying to argue with him about something serious, then having him give you one word answers. And even worse, one word answers that feel designed to anger and provoke you – daring you to craft a better argument. Erin is a better person than I am – there is a zero percent chance that I wouldn’t take the bait on something like that.