St. Cloud Times — Everyone understood when Mackenzie Brophy ’09 took a break as head coach of St. Cloud Tech’s track and field team this spring.
Her 32-year-old husband had died. She had three young children to take care of.
Then she came back, less than a month later.
“It’s my sanity time, coaching,” Brophy said. “It helps keep me sane.”
Brophy led Tech into Tuesday’s Brainerd Quadrangular, a precursor to the Central Lakes Conference championships next Tuesday.
The 28-year-old St. Cloud State graduate has a philosophic view about losing her husband, Adam Brophy ’07, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma 41/2 years ago. He died April 10.
“You’re running your race,” she said. “You don’t get to choose what happens. You can choose how to react. You can’t choose the circumstances that happen in your life.”