The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., just won its fourth consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship, thanks to some help from an unusual coach.
On the field, she's Coach Maurer. Off the field, she's Sister Lisa.
Lisa Maurer is both a Benedictine nun and an assistant coach for the Saints, working with kickers and punters, though she doesn't wear a habit on the sideline.
The New York Timeshas the whole story of how Maurer ended up coaching football.
Before entering the religious life, Maurer had coached basketball, volleyball and softball at a Catholic school in her hometown of Sleepy Eye, Minn. She also played college softball at Southwest Minnesota State.
“A lot of people who aren’t around the program say, ‘How is a nun coaching you?’” senior kicker Mike Theismann told TheTimes. “She fits in seamlessly. It’s not a big deal, for the players or the coaches.”
- Dan Gartland