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Coach, Mom Candi Whitaker balancing her two jobs

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Candi Whitaker loves her jobs: being the Head Coach of the Lady Raiders and the mother of two sons, Will Taylor and Weston.

"Being a Mom is the best thing in the world - having our family and being a wife. Being the Lady Raiders Coach is a dream come true. I feel like I have the best life I can have."

Having played at Texas Tech and guided them to the Sweet 16 in 2002, Coach Whitaker is working to return to those winning ways. A week after giving birth to Will Taylor, she was back leading the team at practice. That sent an immediate message to her team.

"I really thought it was important being a new coach that I was there the first day. We talk a lot about commitment and sacrifice and I want to show that as well," she said.

Whether raising her sons or coaching her basketball team, she draws from both experiences.

"I've seen similarities raising children and coaching a team, holding them accountable and running a program. Being a mom has changed me as a coach. I'm more aware that these are someone else's children and how you treat and respect them."

Coach Whitaker wants other women to know that you can find balance and have the best of both worlds. The Lady Raiders host Kansas State Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

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