Who Is Karen McElwain, Jim McElwain Wife? Age And Wikipedia

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The Central Michigan University coach, Jim McElwain, has been married to his wife, Karen McElwain, for over 36 years.

The pair started dating during their college days, and after dating for several years, they tied the knot in 1998.

From their marriage, they welcomed three beautiful kids: two daughters and one son.

Moreover, Karen McElwain has been a very supportive partner and active participant throughout Jim’s career.

Central Michigan University Coach Jim McElwain
Central Michigan University Coach Jim McElwain (Source: Alligator Army)

Jim McElwain, born in Missoula, Montana, in 1962, is an American football coach currently working for Central Michigan University. 

He started his football journey as a standout quarterback at Sentinel High School, earning recognition as an all-state quarterback. Later, he played for Eastern Washington from 1980 to 1983.

The 2015 SEC Coach of the Year served in different roles as an offensive coordinator, quarterback, wide receiver, and assistant head coach to varying institutions like Montana, Louisville and Alabama.

In 2012, he was hired as a head coach by Colorado State University. Following his stint at Colorado, the 2-time SEC Eastern Division winner joined Florida.

In 2018, the 2-time MAC West Division winner joined Michigan as a wide receivers coach before joining Michigan as a head coach in 2019. 

Jim McElwain And His Wife Karen McElwain

Jim McElwain and his wife first met at Eastern Washington University. The couple started seeing each other when Jim was a graduate assistant at Eastern Washington.

After dating for four years, the couple decided to tie the knot in 1988. It is said that Jim gave his wife Karen an article on the life of coaches’ wives before finally popping the question.

Since then, the couple have been happily married and are the proud parents of their three children: one son, Jerret McElwain, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Johanna McElwain.

Jim McElwain And His Wife Karen McElwain
Jim McElwain And His Wife Karen McElwain (Source: Florida Gators)

Karen has shown great support towards Jim and his career. In one of the interviews, Jim also talks about how his wife has been a crucial part of his success.

Jim stated, “I’m only successful because of her. She’s been with me along the way. She cares about the kids that we coach and the people in these families that are involved in our organization and keeping all that together.”

Karen is also affectionately known as “Mama Mac,” as she makes it a priority to provide a mother’s support to the team.

Jim McElwain Talks About The Michigan Sign-Stealing Investigation

Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain addresses the situation on the viral photo that seems to show Michigan football staff member Connor Stalions in Chippewas coaching gear on the sideline during a game against Michigan State.

Currently, Stalions is under NCAA investigation for potential off-campus scouting and sign-stealing violations.

McElwain confirmed the university’s investigation but didn’t mention Stalions by name, referring to him as “the sign-stealer guy.”

He says, “Our people are doing everything they can to get to the bottom of it. I certainly don’t condone it in any way, shape or form. I do know that his name was on none of the passes that were let out. We’ll just keep tracing it back, and tracing it back. And try to figure it out.”

Tisha Dongol
Tisha Dongol

Tisha Dongol

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