GENEVA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Geneva County girls basketball head coach Karie Striplin has her team dreaming of a second state title in three years.
The Lady Dawgs (16-4) are currently ranked tenth in Class 2A and a main contributor to the success is the other Striplin on the court: Karie’s 6-feet-2-inches sophomore daughter, Karoline Striplin.
“The best thing about coaching her is watching her progress over the years,” said Karie.
“If I need anything, I know that I can go to her and she will tell me what I’m doing wrong," said Karoline. "She will definitely will tell me what I’m doing wrong.”
The duo are in their third season with the coach/player relationship and it’s not always as fun as you may think.
“I had to find a way to really learn how to be a better mom and just kind of consoling her through teenage issues just growing up," said Karie.
“I know that she’s so hard on me and I know that’s going to help out in the long run when I go to college and stuff," said Karoline. "I know that having that extra hit on the back, I’m going to be good.”
To add to it for Karoline, her father, Jim Bob Striplin, is assistant coach. I guess coaching is in her blood.
While she’s coach on the court, when they leave the gym, Karie goes back to being mom.
“I kind of had to manage our schedule where practice is one thing, but when we do have the free time, we are cooking together or if she is learning how to do something, she’s actually asking me how to do stuff," said Karie. "We have a good relationship outside of basketball, softball, and everything else she does.”