Steve Sarkisian, born Stephen Ambrose Sarkisian, is an American football coach and former quarterback. He was recently hired by the University of Texas at Austin after they fired their former coach Tom Herman. The former head coach at Southern California and Washington also worked as offensive coordinator of the Alabama team with Nick Saban.
Sarkisian, who has been into coaching for the last two decades, will now use his experience of working under Saban, to try to bring changes in Austin, Texas, and build his first staff on the Forty Acres. Aside from his crystal clear professional career, Steve had alcohol-related incidents that saw him dismissed from USC. Is he a changed man? Added to that, he also had differences with his wife. Has the dispute with his spouse been settled now? Read till the end to know in detail.
Steve Sarkisian, the current head coach of the Texas Longhorns football team, had gone through a tumultuous period in his personal life before he found happiness again with his second wife, Loreal Smith. Steve Sarkisian was previously married to Stephanie Sarkisian for 19 years, but they eventually divorced in 2015.
However, Sarkisian's fortunes changed when he met Loreal Smith, a former collegiate track star and coach, whom he married in June 2020. The couple seems to have a strong relationship, as they support each other in all aspects of their lives. Loreal has been by Steve's side during his coaching career, including his time at the University of Alabama, where he served as the offensive coordinator before joining Texas.
Despite being a private person, Steve has shared a few glimpses of his married life on social media. In one post, he expressed his love for Loreal and how much he appreciates her unwavering support. The couple also shares a son together, Brady, who was born in 2019. Overall, it seems that Steve Sarkisian has found happiness again in his personal life with Loreal Smith by his side.
Sarkisian is not married anymore. He has already divorced his wife of about two decades, Stephanie Sarkisian. Steve and Stephanie married in 1997, the weekend before he left for training camp with Saskatchewan in the Canadian Football League. Stephanie was his high school sweetheart and the couple dated until they graduated. Soon after, they had their honeymoon in Regina, Canada for about five months.
Steve Sarkisian has three children with his wife. The couple shares a son, Brady, and two daughters; Ashley Sarkisian and Taylor Sarkisian. After 18 years of a conjugal relationship, the duo announced their separation in 2015. Steve confirmed the split through an interview and state "It is our desire to protect the privacy of our children and each other. Our goal is to raise our children in a joint, cooperative style as caring and loving parents. Thank you for respecting our family's privacy. We will have no further comment." They filed for divorce on April 20,2015 which was settled in 2016.
Sarkisian was highly favored in the divorce settlement. The recently hired University of Texas head coach had to pay a one-time check for $293,000 and give the Land Rover to his former spouse as a part of the settlement. The source revealed that there was a private settlement in regard to the bulk of the family fortune.
Steve and his former partner of 19 years also agreed on no spousal support, no child support, and joint custody of their 3 minor kids. The former Alabama offensive coordinator, who made more than $10 million, coaching at Washington, and millions more at USC, will get 100% of any judgment if he wins in the $30 million wrongful termination suit against USC.