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Nicholls coach cherishes time with son
As a college football coach, Nicholls State’s Charlie Stubbs spends most of his time running the Colonels football program during the year.
Due to his busy work schedule, Stubbs said he doesn’t get to spend much time with his family, which includes his wife, Sandy, and their four children and six grandchildren.
But when he does, Stubbs said he makes sure to take advantage of the opportunity.
“Family is so important to me, so I just believe that you’ve got to grab every moment that you can,” Stubbs said. “That’s what we try to do.”
This summer, Stubbs had a chance to catch up and spend some time with his youngest son, Kyle Stubbs, who completed a two-year Mormon mission in Japan in April.
Soon after his mission ended, Kyle Stubbs traveled to Thibodaux, where he spent the summer months with his parents before heading off in early August to start his sophomore year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Coach Stubbs, who is in his second season at Nicholls, said he enjoyed reuniting with his son, especially since Mormon rules allowed him to make only two phone calls a year and send one e-mail per week during Kyle’s mission.
“That’s how it goes because you absolutely want them to stay focused on what their focus is (on a mission),” Stubbs said. “It’s exciting for us to spend time together. It was great for me to show him around south Louisiana and let him make some friends.”
Kyle, 21, said it was his first-ever trip to south Louisiana. Although he was unaccustomed to the heat and humidity of the Bayou Region, Kyle said he loved the unique culture of the area.
“It’s been great,” Kyle said. “It’s very different. I had no idea what to expect. I think it’s really cool that you can drive five minutes and find alligators. The food is great, and everybody seems to be real welcoming to our family.”
Despite his father’s busy schedule, Kyle said they managed to get in some bonding time.
“We’ve been able to hang out,” Kyle said. “I’ve been able to go to the office with him sometimes. We’ve been able to play golf a lot this summer, which is something we haven’t done in a long time. It’s been a really special time. Now that I’m going back to BYU, and I don’t know how often I’ll be back, it was really important for me and him just to be together.”
The father and son duo capped their summer adventure with a road trip to the Southland Conference football media days at L’Auberge Du Lac resort in Lake Charles on July 26-27.
“I wanted to bring him to the Southland Conference meetings so that me and him could spend some quality time together,” Coach Stubbs said. “I know he’s going to return back and continue his education at Brigham Young University, so it was a chance to spend some more time with him before he left.”
Kyle, who has three older siblings (Troy, Jay and Kim), said football has always been a big part of the Stubbs’ household. Troy is a former quarterback and receiver at the Air Force Academy, and Jay is a former receiver at the University of Alabama.
Growing up, Kyle remembers traveling to games to cheer on his father’s teams, so he wasn’t surprised when his dad asked him to go to the SLC media days.
“Football has always been the bonding experience for all of us,” Kyle said. “It is something that is important to him, so it’s important to us. We do it together. Some of the best experiences I remember was when we were at a football game. Even though he’s busy, he’s always made himself available to us. This is what he loves.”
Coach Stubbs’ love for football has passed on to his son.
Kyle, an accounting major at BYU, is also an equipment manager for the Cougars football team.
As a former football player and graduate student at BYU, Coach Stubbs said he still has friends on the Cougars’ coaching staff, and they offered Kyle a job as a manager.
“Kyle was always an athlete in high school,” Coach Stubbs said. “He wasn’t going to play major college football, but I wanted to make sure he got out there and made friends. He knew a lot of the BYU coaches because I either played with them or coached with them. They asked him if he wouldn’t mind helping out with the program and being a manager. And he said yes.”
Kyle said he agreed to become an equipment manager because it gave him a chance to stay close to his favorite sport.
“I don’t necessarily want to be a coach, but I definitely don’t want to walk away from football,” Kyle said. “I love football so much. It’s a passion I have. It’s able to keep me into something I am comfortable with.”
While he looks forward to his job at BYU, Kyle said he will keep an eye on his favorite football team this fall — the Nicholls State Colonels.
“My whole life, my favorite team is whoever my dad is coaching for,” Kyle said. “I always had a team to cheer for. Now it’s Nicholls. When I got to hang out with him, we talked about the team and how he’s doing. He’s working so hard for this area, and I love to see how he’s really starting to see the results of what he’s been putting all the effort into.”
And even if its months away, Kyle said he can’t wait until next summer, when he gets to come back to his new home in Thibodaux.
“I plan on definitely visiting here, however long they stay here,” he said. “My dad is putting his time in, and it sounds like he’s going to stay with it. It seems like a great opportunity here. Nicholls is on the way up, and Thibodaux is our home. It’s a great place. That’s what makes it so welcoming.”
By Chris Singleton, Houma Today