Hometown girl behind the desk for Big Red
Cil Dixon has landed her dream job. May 22, she became the secretary to the Bridge City Cardinal Athletic Director Chris Stump.
Number nine in a family of eleven children, four boys and seven girls, she has been around sports all her life. “School sports were the cheapest thing they could afford,” said Dixon, referring to the expense of trying to entertain a large family. “We had our own team!”
“Our house was the ‘Kool-Aid’ house,” said Dixon. “All the kids wanted to hang out there.”
They also had eight cousins that lived on the same street. Those along with a few other neighborhood kids would make up the opposing team. “We played sand lot baseball in the backyard.”
I love, love, love my boss,” she said about Coach Stump. “He really cares about kids…treats them well and with respect.” Dixon mentioned she knew Stump before he came to Bridge City.
“All the coaches are great!”
“I was thrilled to death to get this job,” said Dixon. Her kids told her she was born to do this job. “I have more red and white in my closet than the cheerleaders,” she said.
Besides her love of sports, the fact that she is a micro-manager is another thing that makes her well suited to the job.
Dixon worked for years for Mike Johnson and frequently made executive decisions, “I’m used to bossing the boss.”
She told Stump to slap her when she gets too bossy. He agreed, but hasn’t taken her up on it yet.
“If I do my job well, then he can do his job well,” she said. Dixon takes care of all the details and paperwork, so all the coaches have to do is coach.
Dixon has always succeeded at every thing she does, so she expects to succeed at this job.
Another success is her marriage of 27 years to her husband Sherby. “It’s been happily ever after,” she said.
Together they have raised four children in Bridge City, Letisha is the oldest at 26, followed by Desiree,’ 24, then Maegan, 20 and here youngest, Todd, at 17 is a senior this year and will be playing football for the Cardinals.
Most of Dixon’s siblings still live in the Bridge City area. One lives in Minnesota and one is in Louisiana.
Her mom still lives in the modest 1500 square foot house they were raised in. “Momma was a stay at home mom. Dad worked at Gulf,” she said.
“We raised everything we ate,” said Dixon. As kids, she said they didn’t really “get that.” “We would treat them as pets…then they would be on the dinner table.” Raising chickens and one time a calf was a necessity to feed a family of 13 on one salary. “We never knew we were poor,” she said.
School will be starting soon and football practice has begun. “Two-a-days,” referring to have two practices in a single day, started last Monday. Dixon was at the job early that morning. When Stump asked why, she replied, “I wouldn’t miss that!”