Why the Marriage of Mike and Kathy Holmgren Matters:
Here's information about their marriage, children, quotes about love and marriage, and more.
Born:Michael George Holmgren: June 15, 1948 in San Francisco, California.
Kathy Bowman: October, 1947. She grew up in San Jose, California.
How Mike and Kathy Met:
"Her first impression of the boy from San Francisco: tall, nice, kind, a good listener. She and the athlete became friends, kept in touch with an occasional letter or call and counted on summers at the beach."
Source: Packer Plus Online. 12/97.
Marriage Proposal:Mike proposed to Kathy at the age of 15 in a card. They resumed dating in Kathy's junior year of college. They married one another after attending college.
Source: Clare Farnsworth P-I reporter. Seattle Post - Intelligencer. Seattle, Wash.: Jul 27, 2001. pg. E.1
- Calla Holmgren:
- Jenny Holmgren Cobbley:
- Emily Holmgren Amadon:
- Gretchen Holmgren:
Previously, they lived in a two-story colonial home in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin near Green Bay. They later moved to a larger home on the Fox River in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Education and Occupations:
Mike received his Bachelor of Science Degree from USC in 1970.
Kathy's first degree was in nursing from North Park University in Chicago in 1969. She received her master's in oncology nursing at BYU in 1982.
Occupations:Mike is a professional football coach with the Seattle Seahawks since January 8, 1999.
Kathy, a former nurse and social worker, is on the boards of Northwest Medical Team and the Salvation Army.
Religion:Both Mike and Kathy have attended the Covenant Church since they were kids. They attend Mercer Island Covenant Church in Mercer Island, Washington.
Interests:Kathy enjoys reading and listening to spiritual tapes.
Kathy and the Congo:
While Mike is busy coaching the Seahawks at Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Kathy will be with their daughter, Calla, on an aid mission with Northwest Medical Teams. They will be training a hospital staff in Karawa. The cost of the trip is a birthday present for Kathy from Mike.
About Kathy's trip to the Congo, Mike has said:
- "Mike said, 'Go, our work is important.' And Mike needs to concentrate on the game, so he won't miss us all that much."
Source: Chicago Tribune
- "Mike was very proud of Calla, but slightly worried, so he wanted me to go along with her. So . . . for my birthday last fall, he presented me with the opportunity to go."
Trivia:Kathy and Mike's morning routine includes working out in the morning, watching the "Today" show, "reading devotions, exercise and talking over a cup of coffee before Mike heads to work."
Source: Jayda Evans. Seattle Times. Seattle, Wash.: Jan 6, 2005. pg. D.1
Kathy does not attend the games. After hearing the national anthem she leaves the stadium and walks around or goes to a movie theater. When the games are in Seattle, she sometimes takes ferry rides during the games.
Kathy and Mike Holmgren are both of Swedish descent and believe in the importance of having family meals together at the dinner table. Mike has also insisted on having Friday nights free to spend with his wife.
Source: Notable Sports Figures. 4 vols. Gale, 2004.
When voting, Mike and Kathy "usually cancel each other out." Mike has said, "She's very, very consistent, and I love her for that. She's got good reasons to vote the way she does."
Source: Seattle PI
Future Hopes:Kathy wants to make a difference in the world with her social work. She would also like to see Mike running a bookstore.
Quotes about Mike and Kathy and Marriage:Jerry Izenberg, about Mike and Kathy: "For this couple who still share Friday night "date nights" and who never miss sitting down to breakfast together when he isn't on the road, they will not need to see each other to know where their hearts are."
Source: Star Ledger