The new head coach of Syracuse’s football team is Dino Babers. He’s making his ACC debut on Friday, September 9 at the Carrier Dome against the Louisville Cardinals. In the crowd will be his wife Susan Babers. They met at the University of Hawaii Manoa where Dino was a running back for the football team and 5’10” Susan was a middle blocker for the volleyball team. A knee injury kept Susan from playing after college, but she enjoyed a career as a coach, too. She coached high school teams at Kaiser (Hawaii), Santa Fe Springs (California), and Western High (Las Vegas), before she got the job as assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. She stopped coaching when she and Dino started to have children in 1991. They are the parents of four daughters.
In 2013, Susan Babers returned to coaching volleyball at Charleston High School (near Eastern Illinois where Dino was head coach) where her daughter Paris played varsity. (The Babers’ other daughter Jazzmin Babers, 6’2″, plays volleyball at Texas A&M. She’s a middle blocker just like mom.) Later that year, the Babers moved to Ohio when Dino was named head coach at Bowling Green State University. The Louisville vs Syracuse game will be televised on ESPN2 on September 9 at 8pm.