Teacher with grammatically incorrect tattoo is National Coach of the Year

Cameron Smith

Remember when Irving (Texas) MacArthur High girls basketball coach Suzie Oelschlegel agreed to get a tattoo of a grammatically incorrect phrase because her team won a state title? Perhaps that permanent dedication to her coaching craft was noticed by officials on high, because Oelschlegel was recently named girls basketball's National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The Irving MacArthur girls basketball team — LadyCardinalBasketball.net

Yes, that's right: The new girls basketball National Coach of the Year has "We n dat thing" tattooed somewhere on her body.

Of course, it's likely that the NFHS was more swayed by Oelschlegel's outstanding body of work on the court. The longtime MacArthur teacher and coach -- she's been at the school for more than three decades -- has an almost impeccable record in recent seasons. In fact, according to the Dallas Morning News, Oelschlegel's teams are a combined 134-10 since the 2008-09 campaign.

MacArthur coach Suzie Oelschlegel — LadyCardinalsBasketball.net

Most notably, her state title-winning squad in 2010-11 was 37-2, all while overcoming the pressure inherent in earning the first state title of any kind for the school.

Still, having ink done to commemorate her team's achievement couldn't have hurt Oelschlegel's national credentials, even if a more correct interpretation of the team slogan ("We are in this competition" perhaps?) might have been a little more forgiving for everyone. After all, how many coaches do you know who have school-based tattoos in honor of specific victories?

Prep Rally certainly doesn't know of many, and of those who do, it's doubtful any were more painful going on than the one Oelschlegel willingly had put on last spring.

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