Wests continue long-distance marriage as successful coaches

photo Marcus & Nikki West

photo Defensive line coach Marcus West works his men at UTC's spring football practice at Scrappy Moore Field.

Not even 500 miles of separation can prevent Nikki West from coaching. Of all the guidance she's given - and when you're as good a coach as she is, you're always ready with a little input - the best may be the occasional long-distance cellphone reminders to her husband Marcus.

"I tell him to wash all the clothes in cold and to be careful not to mix the colors," Nikki said with a laugh. "I'm trying to keep him from having to go to the mall and buy new clothes so much.