One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for February 19, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
When you spend most of your entire professional around college athletics you learn that to succeed in that profession that being married requires a very special spouse. One of those special spouses is Kelly Haskins the wife of UNC Pembroke Women’s Basketball Coach John Haskins.
Kelly and John were married back in the late 1980’s while John was an assistant basketball coach at Gardner-Webb. Kelly at the time was working in the banking industry and was a trainer for bank tellers. They took a leap of faith when in 1989 they left Shelby NC and moved to Lumberton, NC.
In the twenty-five plus years they have been in our community they have lived in a few different houses, had two wonderful children Morgan and Connor, each has had changes in their professional careers, and been very generous in giving back to their church and community. Their daughter Morgan is enrolled in the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program at East Carolina University and their son Connor has been an outstanding football player for UNC Pembroke over the last three years.
Kelly many years ago transitioned away from banking and went to work in the field of Pharmaceutical Sales for Pfizer. She specializes in the area of women’s health and has been in that career for nearly 20 years. She was like many other successful women in our community have been able to balance many different roles including being a mom, coach’s wife, community supporter, fitness role model, and career professional.
Kelly is very active as it relates to personal fitness and had completed numerous road races ranging from a 5K to marathon. She is a former president of great organization in Lumberton called the Robeson Road Runners.
Sometimes a marriage within each of our families gets us connected with another interesting group of people. That has occurred for Kelly Haskins as a marriage with her first cousin has her connected to professional speaker and humorist Jeanne Robertson.
The Friend-KELLY HASKINS-far left
(l-r) Past Robeson Road Runner Presidents-Kelly Haskins-Maria Parker-Jef Lambdin-Dan Kenney
The Friend of the Friend-JEANNE ROBERTSON-depicted in red dress
(l-r) Connor Haskins-Kelly Haskins-Jeanne Robertson-John Haskins
Getting to know Jeanne Robertson
Kelly Haskins maiden name is Long and her dad is Alan Long. Alan had a brother named Gene who had a daughter named Dayna. Kelly Haskins and Dayna Long are first cousins with Dayna growing w up in Burlington. While in High School Dayna started dating Beaver Bowline. That relationship lasted all the way thru high school and college and eventually led to marriage.
Ironically for me I actually recruited Beaver Bowline to play basketball at Western Carolina in the early 1980’s but he wound up attending another school. Beaver and Dana have two sons and one of them Ryder is on the Elon University Basketball Team. His grandmother Jeanne and her husband are gigantic benefactors to Elon and actually live in Elon College, NC.
Beaver Bowline is the only son of Jeanne Robertson. Jeanne in 1963 at the age of 19 became Miss North Carolina and was part of the Miss America pageant. In that pageant she was voted Miss Congeniality.
Today Jeanne is an extremely successful public speaker and humorist. My wife and I had the privilege to hear her speak in November at the local community college to help raise money for a great cause called 3000 miles to the cure.
Jeanne took her Miss North Carolina scholarship money and went to college and became a teacher for eight years. She attended college at Auburn and the night of her show did a great comedy bit about the 2013 Auburn and Alabama game. If you like football listen to it.
Below are some really funny clips of Jeanne including Auburn vs Alabama piece.