Beverly Hermann fell asleep Tuesday night watching the televised Louisville baseball game, but was searching for new Rutgers University gear by noon.
She had become a devoted Louisville fan when her daughter, Julie Hermann, became assistant athletic director there and is now preparing to follow as her daughter leads Rutgers' athletic programs into the Big Ten conference.
The 1981 graduate of Nebraska City High School is now one of three women to hold athletic director positions at BCS programs.
She oversaw 20 of 23 sports at Louisville, which is coming off a a BCS bowl game victory, a national championship in men's basketball and a Final Four run in women's basketball.
Hermann, 49, previously played volleyball at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was an assistant coach for USA Volleyball and head coach for Tennessee volleyball.
Her mom said she was watching the baseball game not knowing any of this was going on and learned of the Rutgers selection by a text shortly before noon.
She said her daughter always had an interest in sports.
"She used to play football with the boys in the backyard. Her brother protested having a girl play, but she could do better than them all," Beverly said.
Although Hermann was a standout in athletics at high school, schoolmates and coaches say she is also known here for a friendly personality.
Lu Arkfeld, a high school teacher who was assistant volleyball coach for Hermann's senior season at Nebraska City, said Hermann was not only known as an excellent athlete, but as a nice young lady.
"She was very much a perfectionist, so I'm sure she expects her athletes to do great things," Arkfeld said.
Her mother took a moment Wednesday to recall some of her daughter's triumphs and tragedies.
"I don't know if you can tell, but I'm shaking and my heart is beating a mile a minute," she said. "I'm so proud of her. She's just a beautiful girl."
Beverly had followed Louisville during Hermann's 16-year tenure there. Sometimes she would have her camera ready on the television screen to catch a snapshot of her daughter in action.
"Yeah, I was everything Louisville, but now I'm going to have to take a crash-course in everything Rutgers," she said.