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Sisters In Sports was excited to catch up with Sis Danyelle Musselman last week, and lucky to get a bit of her time during March Madness. Danyelle is a Mom, sports reporter, actress, blogger, community champion and First Lady of the University of Nevada (UNR) Men’s Basketball program. She is a woman up-for-anything who makes the most of the opportunities she has as a coach’s wife – contributing to the lives of the players and the community that she and her husband Eric currently call home. Danyelle was happy to discuss her busy “Sis Life” and share wisdom that she has picked up along the way.
How did you and Eric meet? Tell us a little about your family.
Eric and I met when I was speaking at a coach’s clinic in Los Angeles. He was in the audience, and afterwards we were introduced at a cocktail reception. A few days after that, I took a leap of faith and flew to San Francisco where he lived for our first date. About six months later we were engaged!
You have your own career as a sports reporter and actress. Tell us about that!
It’s a really hard balancing act when you have two people with big careers. For the first three years of our marriage I flew to Los Angeles every week for work. I loved my job, but the travel was tough. Eventually once our daughter got a little older we decided that she really needed me at home more. I took time away from sports casting and that’s when I feel into acting. I was able to take jobs here and there that allowed me plenty of time with my family. This past year, I’ve had the opportunity to work in sports broadcasting again, something that I never thought I’d be able to do.
You are a woman constantly on the go between family, career, fitness, blogging, community involvement and more – how do you balance it all?
I find that all moms and wives have some form of guilt, and we just have to do our best to understand that we can’t be everywhere all of the time. I have learned to ask for help when I need it. Sometimes it’s a neighbor helping with pick up at the bus stop, and sometimes it’s asking our nanny to run a few errands for me. As women, we want to do it all. I try to take at least an hour everyday to focus on myself. For me, that means time in the gym. It’s the only thing that keeps me sane.
What do you consider to be the biggest reward and, on the other hand, challenge, of being a college basketball wife?
The biggest reward of being a college basketball wife is watching our players grow and develop as athletes and as young men. I feel like I’m a second mom and am so proud of them. We love having the guys over for dinner, to watch a game on television or to just hang out. My daughter loves it too! On the flip side, they are just kids, and are bound to get into trouble. Sometimes it’s girls, sometimes it’s grades, and once in a while it’s something worse. We don’t like getting a phone call at midnight that something bad has happened. I have my own children plus 15 young men to worry about.
The Reno-Gazette Journal recently wrote a great article on you that said you are a “big part of the Musselman brand”, and that you being a part of everything “makes the (basketball) program stronger”. How do you find that you make a difference at UNR as the “coach’s wife”?
Because of my background as a sports anchor, the University taps me to emcee or speak at events all of the time. I’ve done the same for several charities around Reno. This makes a lot more visible than your average coach’s wife. I like to represent the program in a “lead by example” kind of way. I also work directly with some of our student athletes by conducting media training sessions.
You and Eric are very involved in the Reno community – what types of local and charitable events do you support?
My mom is a breast cancer survivor and both of my maternal grandparents died of cancer, so it’s something that’s very personal for me. I’m on the board for an American Cancer Society gala called “Suits and Sneakers.” Eric and I are honorary co-chairs and last year I was even co-emcee. I recently served as the keynote speaker for the First Tee of Nevada dinner. That’s a wonderful charity that helps bring golf into elementary schools in order to help children build confidence. I’m also involved with fundraising at my daughter’s elementary school. Eric and I have pretty big voices in the Reno community and want to use them to help when we can!
Part of the mission of Sisters In Sports is to connect Sisters across all sports. Tell us about Sisterhood friendships that have supported you throughout the years. Any favorite memories?
We lived in Scottsdale, Arizona when Eric was coaching at Arizona State University. I randomly sat next to a former NFL player’s wife on one of my flights and she invited me to her bible study. I ended up going and the experience with that church really brought me closer to God. I also met other NFL wives through that church that are still friends to this day. I think that we as SIS just “get” each other. We have some of the same trials and tribulations that other people just don’t understand.
If you had to choose one piece of advice for women new to the “Sis Life”, what would it be?
I would say don’t forget to self love each and every day!! When you are married to someone with a high profile job, it’s easy to slip into the background even when we know that we’re the glue holding everything together. Between your husband’s career and children it’s easy to get lost. Find something for yourself and make it a priority.
What are your thoughts on the importance of a community like Sisters In Sports?
Communities like Sis are so important because our lives are likely different than anyone else we know. It’s nice to be able to vent about the ups and downs with someone that has shared experiences. Moving all of the time is not easy… dealing with a husband after a loss is not easy… parenting alone is not easy! No one understands these things like other Sis.
What is one interesting fact about you that we have not touched on and that people may not know?
I almost feel like it was destined for me to be in the Sis Life! I moved all the time as kid growing with my father’s job, and then moved every two years with my own career before I met my husband. Nowadays the moving doesn’t bother me. I’ve lived in 10 states so far and have a feeling that it won’t stop there.
You definitely master the Sis Life Danyelle! Thank you so much for taking time to chat with us. Go Wolfpack!