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Northwestern coaches celebrate life, strength

Northwestern coach Kate Drohan and her twin sister Caryl, who serves as the team's top assistant coach, and de facto co-coach, know that life doesn't begin or end with this weekend's Women's College World Series.

Updated: June 1, 2006, 9:43 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Tears, both of joy and sorrow, will be shed almost as profusely as sweat under the sweltering sun at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City over the next seven days.

Beginning with Thursday's opener between Arizona and Oregon State, eight teams will take the field focused on the task at hand, but secretly imagining what it might feel like to grasp the trophy and crowd-surf teammates in the championship pileup on the tournament's final night.

Only one group of players will live out ...

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