Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had only known one starting quarterback during his first four years at the helm in Titletown. The organization’s decision to pivot from Aaron Rodgers to Jordan Love this year marked a humongous transition for the Packers franchise at large and the man overseeing their play.
It’s an arduous, nerve-racking task for both coach and player to try and move on from a franchise legend. But early returns have been promising. The Packers are 2-1 ahead of Thursday’s NFC North clash with the Detroit Lions. Love has thrown for seven touchdowns and just one interception.
108 seconds of Jordan Love doing fun things. pic.twitter.com/DLdA6G54V3
— Wendell Ferreira (@wendellfp) September 27, 2023
Scheming and coaching his players up for success is LaFleur’s workplace responsibility. But the 43-year-old would likely credit some of the success he achieved professionally to the stability he’s enjoyed in his home life.
LaFleur’s been married to his wife, the former BreAnne Maak, since at least 2010 (though some sources say they were wed even earlier). The couple has been together for the entirety of his coaching tenure and also have two sons, Luke and Ty, together.
How Did Matt LaFleur and His Wife, BreAnne, Meet?
Matt and BreAnne met in 2004 when she attended Central Michigan for physical therapy. Matt had graduated by then, boot-strapping his way up the coaching ranks by working on the Chippewas coaching staff as a graduate assistant.
According to PackersNews.com, LaFleur and Maak’s first meeting wasn’t anything out of a romance novel. Instead, the undergrad Maak, then a student trainer, apparently found herself too close to one of LaFleur’s drills, prompting the coach to yell at her to get out of the way. He doesn’t recall this, but his better half maintains it happened to this day.
“She said I yelled at her the first time I talked to her,” Matt says, “because she was in the way of a drill, but I don’t think that ever happened.”
Shoddy first impressions aside, Maak caught LaFleur’s eye. He’d run into her a few times at the tanning salon she worked at, eventually working up the nerve to ask her out on a date.
Now, 10 coaching stops, two children, one wedding ring, and almost two decades later, she remains one of the constants in LaFleur’s life. Something for which he appears to be extremely grateful.
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 9, 2019
Consider this excerpt from Heavy.com as a testament to both LaFleur’s affection for his wife and for the impact she’s had on his life and even, inadvertently, his coaching career.
“I’m all about family. I love my family,” Matt LaFleur said, growing emotional, at his first press conference as Packers head coach. His wife, sons, and parents were in the audience. He called his wife “the true rock star in the family.”