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R a i s i n g Ch a m p i o n s Stacey Andersen—Mom to a dynamic family, wife to the new Badger's head coach—kicks off her life in Madison. By Tamira Madsen Photography by Bobbi Petersen Behind every successful head football coach, there's usually a very supportive woman. And so it goes when considering the lives and times of Stacey and Gary Andersen. When Gary was offered the head coach job for the University of Wisconsin football team last December, Stacey knew her husband had found his dream job and gave the green light. According to Gary, his wife's influence always has left an indelible impact in his life. "Her ability to say to me 'let's go' was special because for her it was all unknown," he says. "She never came here and played. Her knowledge of Wisconsin was limited." It's been a hectic year for the couple, getting themselves and their children squared away. Stacey's main focus since moving from Logan, Utah, to Verona has been renovating and settling into a new home, a spacious abode located at Hawks Landing Golf Club. 62 brava magazine | september 2013 Parents to three sons, the Andersens were set to become empty nesters. Twins Hagen and Chasen graduated early from high school last year and were preparing for college and football. Hagen plans to join older brother Keegan, a junior tight end at Utah State who played two seasons under his father when he was Aggies head coach. But Chasen, who was released from a letter of intent to play at Brigham Young University, decided to play at Wisconsin. The middle linebacker is rehabilitating an injured right knee and will officially join the Badgers in January. Football didn't pop up on Stacey's radar until she met Gary, the summer after their sophomore year in high school in Salt Lake City. They met at a hamburger joint, began dating and were soon inseparable. The high school sweethearts just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in April. Stacey became Gary's practice player by tossing balls and

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