Kristin Thompson, wife of Georgetown defensive coordinator Luke Thompson, has tried to make each football move an adventure for her family. She found similarities among coaching and military families.
“I think being around West Point was an interesting atmosphere because we were surrounded military families, who of course, are constantly on the move,” Kristin said. “That was my way of explaining to the kids, ‘Hey, we’re going to move all over the place, we’re going to see different parts of the country, hopefully. You’re going to have friends all over the country and, at some point, just like in the military, there’s a chance that we could run into the same family down the road at another school.”
While many things have varied at each school, a few things always stay the same for Kristin. Ups and downs are shared with the other coaches’ wives and the Thompson’s always try to connect with the players.
Kristin said when they open their home to the defense, the players carpool and come over for a barbecue. “My kids love it. They love to be around the players,” Kristin said. “We went through more burgers and hot dogs than I’ve ever seen. I had to make a second run to the grocery store.”
Kristin said her Deluxe Potato Bake recipe is ideal for tailgating, post-game barbecues, in addition to feeding lots of players at defensive gatherings.
Deluxe Potato Bake
- 3 12 ounce frozen hash browns (thaw and squeeze water out in
- paper towels)
- 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pint sour cream
- 10 ounces cheddar cheese
- 1 can mushroom soup
- 2 cups crushed corn flakes
Thaw potatoes. Mix all the ingredients except for the 1/4 cup of butter and cornflakes. Place the mixture into a 9 x 13 greased pan. Top with cornflakes combined with 1/4 cup of butter. Bake 40 to 45 minutes at 350 degrees.