'I think as a coach's kid, you just get thrown into this life that is a little bit unique, especially when your mom is the coach,' said the mother.
One of the biggest fans of Oklahoma University's women's basketball team is the coach's daughter Jordi. The 8-year-old was captured by ESPN's cameras fiercely cheering for the team during the team's March Madness run this year, according to GoodMorningAmerica. She was in the stands to watch the match between Oklahoma University and the University of California, Los Angeles. It was the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament on March 21.
I want an ESPN channel dedicated to Jordi Baranczyk similar to big football games.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) March 21, 2023
She's only 8 years old. But so basketball savvy. I love seeing her mic'd up.#Sooners
Jordi can be heard shouting, "Come on, Sooners! Do not let them stop you. Come on defense!" A while later, she says, "Get it, get it!" She seems very excited when the team scores a field goal and yells, "Let's gooo, let's gooo!" The video on ESPN's Facebook page soon went viral, with more than 504k views and 15k likes. Many on the social media platform loved the girl's responses. Debbie Harmon Hodde commented, "Love it so intense!" Carla Mobley pointed out, "She reminds me of the coach’s daughter on Remember the Titans. She’s adorable." Cindy Manley wrote, "She already had tears when they got down with about 4 minutes to go. I’m sure that loss was tough on the little one. Hard life lessons come with being around sports. She’s a lucky kid." Corey Williams expressed, "She was doing everything to try to pump them up like her mom was trying to do to help them win, but I’m sorry it didn’t help!"
Way to go Jordi! Keep that energy and keep cheering for the Sooners! I know all of the players appreciate it. #BoomerSooner— tru2ou (@tru2ou) March 21, 2023
Jordi's mother, Jennie Baranczyk, is in her second season as the head coach of the Sooners women's basketball team. Baranczyk is also a mom to two more children, Eli, 10, and Hope, 5. She shared that all three of them attended as many games of the Sooners as possible and each had a different role at the games. "My son kind of yells at the refs, Jordi kind of coaches the team, and Hope is there for the concessions," Baranczyk. She added, "I think as a coach's kid, you just get thrown into this life that is a little bit unique, especially when your mom is the coach."
Passion, spirit, loyalty and concern are all great qualities of human being. All of them displayed in 20 seconds.— Mylan Wright (@MylanWright) March 21, 2023
She was not at all surprised by the way Jordi was cheering for the team. Baranczyk said that Jordi is really invested in the sport and watching these women play makes her feel like she's an important part of it. The mother also shared that she used to take Jordi on recruiting trips and practices as an infant. "Sometimes as a mom, you want to protect them and understand that it's not all about winning and losing, but you also don't want to stifle the passion that she has and the fact that she just really feels a part of what we're doing. That part I love," said Baranczyk. Talking about Jordi's reactions to the Tuesday game, she said, "She just gets very into the game. It wasn't a performance. That was her raw emotion."
Baranczyk feels proud that Jordi is so invested in the team. "As a mom and as a coach, I miss out on a lot of things," she said. "So I'm proud that she feels really a part of it because I don't necessarily get the time that every other mom might get with their kids. So I love that we're in this together." However, the Sooners lost the match against UCLA with a score of 82-73, putting them out of the tournament.