Bay­lor grad­u­ate pre­pares for life as NFL wife of Longhorns’ McCoy

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Mar­ques g. Harper AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAff

Meet Rachel Glan­dorf, who will tie the knot with Texas ex Colt McCoy later this sum­mer

Just weeks be­fore her wed­ding to No. 12, Rachel Glan­dorf, a 6-foot, lean and blonde Bay­lor Uni­ver­sity grad­u­ate, ap­pears calm and re­laxed on a late June af­ter­noon de­spite her se­ri­ous to-do list, which in­cludes of­fi­cially be­com­ing an NFL wife and mov­ing from Austin to Cleve­land. Lit­tle did she know that her de­ci­sion to go to Bay­lor would lead her into the gaze of a star Longhorns quar­ter­back. He’s Colt McCoy, now a rookie for the Cleve­land Browns.

“It’s funny how that worked out,” said Glan­dorf, dressed in white denim, a ruf­fled blue top and gold sandals.

The for­mer KEYE-TV in­tern and her star quar­ter­back will marry at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion in Austin this month. The cou­ple de­clined to pub­licly of­fer de­tails about their wed­ding date or venue. For­mer team-mates from Glan­dorf’s days of run­ning track at Bay­lor and McCoy’s time at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas will be part of the fes­tiv­i­ties, which were planned by Ca­plan Miller Events and cater­ing firm Ku­rant Events.

“We knew we’d have to elope or do it big,” said Glan­dorf, 23, who was born in Pasadena, Calif., and went to high school in Vail, Colo.

“I’m just re­ally look­ing for­ward to our wed­ding day,” said McCoy. “I’m truly blessed to have found some­one who be­lieves in me the way she does, some­one who has given up — and will con­tinue to give up — so much so I can chase my dreams.

“I can’t wait to spend that day with her and all the peo­ple who mean so much to both of us. I’m just a re­ally lucky guy.”

Glan­dorf met McCoy in sum­mer 2008 when she was an in­tern at KEYE.

“I in­ter­viewed him mul­ti­ple times be­fore we ac­tu­ally went out to­ward the end of the sum­mer,” she said. “Orig­i­nally, I tried not to date him. I heard he was a good guy. But you never know.”

They went to Santa Rita on West 38th Street for Date No. 1. Glan­dorf played it cool: She brought along a friend, to McCoy’s sur­prise.

“He wasn’t so happy about that,” she said.

They kept their dat­ing a se­cret for a while. Fa­vorite date spots for the cou­ple in­cluded meals at Z’Te­jas on West Sixth Street and strolls on the Capi­tol grounds.

“We didn’t want it to be un­com­fort­able for ev­ery­one,” she said. “Once the sea­son started and I was sit­ting with his par­ents is when ev­ery­one fig­ured it out.”

She be­gan call­ing Austin home in spring 2009.

Glan­dorf has be­come close to McCoy’s fam­ily and treats his broth­ers, Chance and Case — the lat­ter a UT fresh­man — as her own. She said she got to know the fam­ily well on long game days.

Now, nu­mer­ous games later, it’s time for Glan­dorf to of­fi­cially be­come part of that fam­ily.

The main col­ors of the wed­ding will be navy and white with touches of yel­low, said Court­ney Ca­plan, pres­i­dent of Ca­plan Miller Events.

The bride will wear a cus­tom ivory gown with hand-em­broi­dered lace and a com­bi­na­tion of hand-cut flow­ers and crys­tal de­tail­ing cre­ated by Dal­las-based de­signer Vatana Wat­ters. Brides­maids will wear Al­fred Sung dresses. Jes­sica Ep­stein, owner of Serendip­ity Bri­dal on West An­der­son Lane, ar­ranged for the bride’s gown.

“We pieced to­gether the per­fect gown,” Glan­dorf said.

McCoy de­signed his bride-to-be’s wed­ding ring, which comes from Rus­sell Korman Fine Jew­elry and Watches. He, best man Jor­dan Ship­ley, the Cincin­nati Ben­gals wide re­ceiver and McCoy’s col­lege room­mate, and the grooms­men will skip tuxe­dos for suits.

The bri­dal party will in­clude 15 ush­ers, six brides­maids and six grooms­men and seven women in the house party.

“I didn’t want our wed­ding to be a bor­ing awards ban­quet,” Glan­dorf said.

A tra­di­tional cer­e­mony led by Pas­tor Matt Carter will flow into a fes­tive re­cep­tion. Ku­rant Events, owned by Car­rie and Steven Konarik, cre­ated a menu to feed a foot­ball team. High­lights will in­clude a grilling sta­tion with quail and other meats, agua fresca, a vin­tage soda sta­tion, mu­sic and desserts such as a black­berry cob­bler that will be dubbed Colt’s Cob­bler (See recipe, D6).

“We want to keep the event mov­ing at all times to keep the guests in­ter­ested and en­gaged through­out the night,” Ca­plan said. “We are also us­ing en­tirely lo­cal and Texas ven­dors. Ev­ery­thing from the stamps on their in­vi­ta­tions — the state of Texas — to their venue choice to the lo­cally grown food, all sup­port the pride that Rachel and Colt have for this great state.”

A hon­ey­moon to the Ba­hamas has been planned, Glan­dorf said.

“Hope­fully we’ll sneak that in,” she said.

As a rookie, McCoy doesn’t have a flex­i­ble foot­ball sched­ule. Train­ing camp is ex­pected to be­gin in late July.

Since their en­gage­ment in Jan­uary, the cou­ple hasn’t seen each other on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“I don’t think I have seen him more than five times,” Glan­dorf said.

To the dis­may of Longhorn fans, McCoy in­jured his right throw­ing shoul­der dur­ing UT’s 37-21 loss to Alabama in the BCS Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, but the in­jury didn’t stop McCoy from propos­ing to Glan­dorf a week later on Jan. 11.

That night McCoy told Glan­dorf that he had to pick up his cleats at Royal-Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

“I had asked him a mil­lion times to go out on the field,” she said.

Each time McCoy had an ex­cuse, but that night Glan­dorf had de­cided it was her last shot to be on the field.

“We were on the 50, and I turned to see ‘Rachel, I love you! Will you marry me? Colt,’” on the gi­ant score­board screen, she said. “Then I turned around to see him down on his knee. He left the day af­ter we got en­gaged, and I didn’t see him for a month.”

Glan­dorf said she is used to McCoy’s sched­ule and ded­i­ca­tion to foot­ball. Af­ter all, dur­ing his se­nior year at UT, they saw each other five hours a week, she said.

“I think I saw him more when I went to Bay­lor,” she said. “Be­ing an ath­lete, I know the time com­mit­ment.” (In col­lege, she ran the 400-me­ter hur­dles and 800 me­ter.)

For her 23rd birth­day in June, Glan­dorf, who has a de­gree in jour­nal­ism-pub­lic re­la­tions, took a last­minute flight to Cleve­land to see her man for a day. It was her first trip to the city, which she’ll soon call home. While there, she met one of McCoy’s strength coaches who’s from Texas, and the coach’s wife took Glan­dorf on a tour of the Rust Belt city.

McCoy, who’s liv­ing in a ho­tel these days, usu­ally works 14-hour days, and the two catch up at night over the phone.

“We usu­ally talk a lit­tle bit right be­fore we go to bed,” Glan­dorf said. “He re­ally likes his rookie class.”

The move to Cleve­land away from their fam­ily, friends and their Westover Hills Church of Christ fam­ily doesn’t worry Glan­dorf. Her par­ents, Steve and Li­isa Glan­dorf, re­lo­cated from Colorado to the Ge­orge­town area, where her fa­ther is a prin­ci­pal of Zion Lutheran School in Wal­burg and her mother, who was high school math teacher, sub­sti­tute teaches; her brother at­tends San Diego State Uni­ver­sity in Cal­i­for­nia.

“We’ve kind of been pre­par­ing for the last few years for this time,” Glan­dorf said.

The cou­ple will be back in Austin dur­ing the off-sea­son, she said. The bride-to-be said she doesn’t plan on jump­ing into a ca­reer. She wants to do some vol­un­teer and com­mu­nity work, and even­tu­ally have a few lit­tle McCoys to watch over. (“Colt and I both love kids and plan to have quite a few,” she said.)

The plan is clear: She wants to “get set­tled and have some Colt time.”

“We just need to have that time, and I want to be there when he gets home,” Glan­dorf said.

Ri­cardo B. Brazz­iell

Rachel Glan­dorf met for­mer Longhorn quar­ter­back Colt McCoy in sum­mer 2008. She was cau­tious at first and even brought a friend to their first date. That didn’t dis­suade him. He asked her to marry him in Jan­uary, and the cou­ple plans to marry this month in a cer­e­mony kept hush-hush.

Ri­cardo B. Brazz­iell

A for­mer run­ner at Bay­lor, Rachel Glan­dorf knows about the time com­mit­ment of ath­let­ics. Last school year, she only saw Colt McCoy about five hours a week and has only seen him about five times since Jan­uary while he’s train­ing.

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