An Interview with Nicki Meyer
By Michael Chung
On Monday, we ran Part I of Michael Chung’s interview with the Meyer girls featuring Gigi Meyer, the youngest daughter and middle child of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.
Nicki and Urban Meyer
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In Part II of Chung’s interview with the Meyer girls, he caught up with Nicole Lynn Meyer, also known as Nicki.
The oldest of three children born to Urban and Shelley Meyer, Nicki is currently a senior at Georgia Tech University, where she plays Libero/Defensive Specialist for the Yellow Jackets’ volleyball team.
She is majoring in Business Administration and was one of 33 players in the Atlantic Coast Conference named to the 2011 All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team.
Nicki contributes to a website called SouthernGameday.com, an affiliate of USA Today, and she took some time to answer a few questions about her life and, of course, her father.
Ozone: What are the pressures you face being “Urban Meyer’s daughter?”
Nicki: I wouldn't really call it pressure, but it can be a challenge. The most challenging part has to be sharing him with the football team when I wanted him to come to a volleyball game. I had to be understanding when he couldn't always make it.
The other challenging part is dealing with all the negativity in the media. It's hard to hear things like that about your dad and not be able to do anything about it.
Ozone: How has you mother dealt with all the scrutiny of being “Urban Meyer’s wife?” How has your mom held the family together during your dad’s coaching career?
Nicki: She is the strongest person I know. Not a doubt in my mind. It is beyond me how she has handled it and without her the Meyer family would be totally dysfunctional.
Ozone: How is your dad doing with the famous “pink contract?” Living in Atlanta, how do you make sure he is following the promise he made to you and your family?
Nicki: He has followed it 100 percent. I have no doubt that he is taking it very seriously. We talk like 10 times a day, and by doing that, I know he is following it.
Ozone: Did you initially want your dad to take the Ohio State job? What convinced you to give him your blessing?
Nicki: I was hesitant. It's not that I didn’t want him to, his health was my No. 1 concern. And when he reassured me that he would be totally fine and when I saw what this job meant to him, I was convinced.
Ozone: How long do you feel your dad will coach at OSU and was Notre Dame ever your dad’s "dream job" or was Ohio State the job he always wanted?
Nicki: He will coach until he is ready to retire and be with us. That’s all I know. I have not heard him speak one word of Notre Dame. Ohio State is his dream job and he feels extremely blessed to be there. All I know is that he is going to go as hard as he can at Ohio State until he is ready to close the coaching chapter of his life.
Ozone: What is Tim Tebow like in person? How close is he to your dad?
Nicki: Timmy is exactly what he says he is. It drives me crazy when people doubt that he is the kind of person he projects to the media. He is the most caring, respectful, and the strongest person I know. He puts 100 percent of everything he does toward God, just as he says he does. I admire him a lot and he is like a big brother to us.
He and my dad have a relationship that is very rare between a coach and player; they have so much trust and respect for each other even today.
Ozone: Is there anything special you and your dad do just between the two of you? Does he take you out on daddy-daughter dates?
Nicki: When I lived in Gainesville we went to a sushi restaurant every single Wednesday. It was a routine that would rarely get interrupted by anything.
Ozone: What would you like to see from Ohio State fans to ensure your parents are successful at Ohio State?
Nicki: Just be supportive, not critical. My dad knows what he is doing, and he’s pretty good at what he does! For people to just sit back, trust him, and be the most supportive fan base and family in the country would be the best thing ever for our family! And so far, they have been wonderful to all of us!
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