DeKALB – Rod Carey did what he did on a normal game day, leading his players out of the locker room and on the field at Huskie Stadium.
The players did their normal locking arms routine, swinging from side to side in the end zone as they do before any normal home game during the fall.
But on Wednesday night, there were also some special guests taking part in the routine as part of Northern Illinois' annual woman's clinic.
"This has been my fourth year doing it, I think it's gotten better every year," Carey said. "You see a lot of the same faces, which is great."
As part of the festivities, the women in attendance got to hear a referee presentation, lean about the players' nutrition, and took part in an equipment demonstration where NIU equipment manager Mike Valentine showed off the Huskies' gear such as helmets and shoulder pads. At the end of the presentation, the women in the room got to try them on.
Players such as NIU wideouts Tommylee Lewis and Juwan Brescacin, cornerback Paris Logan and quarterback Matt McIntosh were asked questions such as what they're majoring in, why they came to NIU and their post-college plans.
Afterwards, the women got to head into NIU's locker room, put on a jersey and head out to the turf for the on-field presentations.
"I think it's been very well put together," attendee Marcia Olsen said. "All the talking, what the nutritionist has to say, just all the different aspects. I think all of it together has been really good."
The group of participants included everyone from fans to players' mothers to coaches' wives. Carey's wife Tonya was one the wives in attendance and Carey said she helped put a lot of the clinic together.
"The coaches are all home taking home taking care of the kids and the women get to be here which is kind of a good role reversal for them," Rod Carey said.
Olsen wore the jersey of her son, freshman wide receiver Skyler Monaghan, and drove in all the way from Nebraska.
"It's nice because the moms get a chance just to talk and ask questions," Olsen said.
At the end of the clinic, there were five-minute stations as part of the on-field drills, from offensive line to long snapping.
NIU linebacker Boomer Mays, a former long snapper himself, worked with the snappers.
"It's fun meeting different coaches' wives and all the supporters that we don't get to see," Mays said. "Just going through this with them and telling them how we do things in practices. Our game routines, a little bit of what we do at the Yordon Center."