The following is from the Jan. 27, 2008, edition of The Greensboro News-Record. Rhonda Rompola, who is featured in this story, is the winningest basketball coach in SMU history.
Story by Rob Daniels
The bus carrying the Southern Methodist University women's basketball team passed through Greensboro early on a recent Saturday, briefly placing husband and wife in the same town. Rhonda Rompola kept rolling as Mike Dement slept. Long ago, they decided this was good for a chuckle rather than a curse.
United by basketball and often divided because of it, the two coaches -- Dement of the UNCG men, Rompola of the SMU women -- are among the estimated 3 million Americans who are married and living far apart for professional reasons. If marriage in general requires dexterity and balance, then surely this sort of thing is a juggling act with chainsaws, bowling balls and apples. Right?
Think before you answer. Dement and Rompola most certainly did. They know that American Airlines has four daily nonstops between Dallas and Greensboro; that there's a major women's basketball recruiting event in Charlotte in April; and that the Conference USA and Southern Conference spring meetings mercifully are not the same week.
"At some point, I want to live together," said Rompola, who met her husband while they were SMU colleagues and tied the knot June 2, 2007. "But right now, we're both in the profession we love, and we'll see what happens."
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