Lady Frog juggles family, school

A day in the life of a college student consists of classes, studying and work, but one TCU student has much more on her plate.The women’s basketball season has just begun and JimAnne Hejny has not only had to juggle practices, games and schoolwork but being a wife and mother as well.

JimAnne Hejny, formerly JimAnne Baker, married former Horned Frogs defensive lineman Jesse Hejny in the summer of 2005.

The two met and started dating after Jesse Hejny transferred to TCU from a junior college in California, said Jesse Hejny, who came to TCU on a football scholarship.

“We went out for a year and a half and got married and had Hauss,” said Jesse Hejny, a senior political science major.

Hauss Hejny was born Dec. 14, 2005 and changed the couple’s lives, Jesse Hejny said.

He said people always say having a child might prevent one from having enough time to study, but he said it really doesn’t.

“After we had Hauss, we both had our highest GPAs that semester,” Jesse Hejny said, “because we were more focused and driven.”

JimAnne Hejny said she has learned how to stay both a successful student and parent.

“One main thing I have learned is to be organized and plan ahead,” she said.

During the day, Hauss goes to the University Methodist Church day care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“At times when I am in practice, and since I am injured, Jesse will pick Hauss,” said JimAnne Hejny. “My family lives about an hour and a half away and helps out tremendously.”

JimAnne Hejny hurt her foot prior to the start of the 2006 fall season but is expected to return for the second half of the season starting in January 2007, said Tamara Metcalfe, assistant director of media relations.

Last season, when JimAnne Hejny went out of state to games, her mom took Hauss.

“This helped out a lot because I could focus on my schoolwork,” Jesse Hejny said. “JimAnne’s mom helps out so much, and we are so lucky.”

During practice and throughout her pregnancy, JimAnne Hejny has always had a great attitude, said Jeff Mittie, women’s basketball head coach.

“She is a great person, a great teammate and always remained upbeat throughout all of her hurdles and challenges,” Mittie said. “When she was pregnant, we just assured her that we would be here for her if she needed something.”

Mittie said she has done a great job, and her support at home has helped her very much.

The athletic parents are often teased that Hauss will end up being in the TCU band, JimAnne Hejny said.

“He might be,” JimAnne said. “He is a pretty good drummer.