New mom, Ohio coach ‘riding on a high’

Forgive Ohio University Coach Jodi Hermanek if this NCAA Tournament trip — just the second in school history — is all a blur.

A little less than three weeks ago, Hermanek gave birth to her first child, Emma Fay Horton, who was at the Kentucky game and staying warm in the suite area with dad David Horton on Friday.

When asked how little sleep she’s getting, the Ohio coach smiled.

“It’s just not something I’ve been paying attention to, I’ve just been riding on a high,” said Hermanek, sporting a camouflage Ohio U baseball cap.

“These girls motivate and inspire me and my baby obviously is the highlight of my life right now. So I’m just really enjoying every moment. They make it a lot of fun to make it through all of this, through something I’m never going to have again in my life: a baby and post-season tournament at the same time. I’m just embracing every moment as they give it to me.”

About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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