For a head coach of any Atlantic Sun team, his loyalty should be unquestioned. However, when married to the daughter of a head coach of your closest rival, some concessions must be made.
So exists the conundrum for Mercer head men's golf coach Andrew Tredway. While he would never root against the school that signs his checks, this week's General Shale Brick Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Championship allowed him to watch his father-in-law, Colby Tilley, the Kennesaw State head women's basketball coach patrol the sidelines in the Owls' first ever Division I postseason game. Unfortunately, his Owls suffered the same fate as the Mercer women of a night before, as they lost their quarterfinal game, 70-65, in overtime to Belmont.
"When Kennesaw State and Mercer play each other, I'll sit right on the middle of the floor and be impartial," Tredway said. "We've gone to Kennesaw four and five times and been able to cheer up there."
On Thursday, he sat isolated for much of the game and while still donning Mercer black and orange, he cheered every Owl basket as if it were one scored by Mercer’s Courtney Ford or LaToya Jackson.
His wife, Sarah, works as a first-grade school teacher thus could not attend the game. She was trying to follow on ASun.TV without her students noticing. A text from her describing her students chanting “Basketball game! Basketball game!” would lead one to believe that she couldn’t quite keep it a secret.
“We’ll spend most of our Thursday and Saturday nights watching his games on ASun.TV” Tredway said.