In March of 2009, the Auburn family welcomed new Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes into the Auburn Football family.
Shortly after their arrival in Auburn, the Grimes family began their search for an additional pair of hands to handle the kids and help out around the house.
Lyndsey Ford, a recent Auburn graduate of childhood education, was referred for the position by a sorority sister who conveniently lives next door to the Grimes family.
“The more I babysat, the more frequently I found myself at the Grimes’ house, and now it has become more of a nanny position than babysitting. The kids consider me part of the family if that tells you how much I am there,” laughs Ford.
Recently, Ford has also started to babysit for another assistant/secondary Auburn football coach, Coach Tommy Thigpen. Ford made the connection through Coach Grimes’ wife, Sheri.
It was thanks to her babysitting job that landed Ford a trip to watch the Tigers play for the National Championship.
“This season Sheri and Jeff took me to Arizona to help with the kids. Not only did I get to spend nine days in Arizona with my sweet children, but I also got to travel and stay at the team hotel,” says Ford.
The best part of Ford’s job is the speedy recommendations and job opportunities provided by the Auburn athletic staff. Between recruiting trips, football games and all of the other athletic department demands, Ford is still busy babysitting.
“When I was a student, I got plenty of opportunities to watch the football games at Jordan Hare Stadium. But it’s just as much fun watching the football games with the kids,” admits Ford.
Despite the obvious attention coaching staff families receive, Ford admits to many misconceptions about babysitting for the AU coaching staff.
“Believe it or not, they are normal, busy people just like us. Their jobs may be coaching football, but that is just how they support their family. People also sometimes ask me to get tickets to games or get autographs. Just because, I babysit doesn’t mean I get all of those things,” reassures Ford.
Babysitting in general is a great experience if you love spending time around children.
“Babysitting pays well, helps with motherhood preparation, and I get to be around some great families,” concludes Ford.